Whiplash Neck Injury

Whiplash is a soft tissue injury involved in auto accident impacts that creates both compression and tearing forms of injuries to the tissues of your neck and spine.   Whiplash can occur in collisions of any angle; rear-end, head-on, any of the four corners or from the side, often described as being “T-boned.”

What Makes Whiplash So Dangerous?

In an auto collision, the heavier weight of the head continues on through space, then “whips” the neck causing the weaker neck structures to experience stress and injury.  The danger in whiplash is found in G Forces.  G’s are measurements of change in directional velocity, and indicate the force to which a body is subjected when accelerated.  Each G equals 1 times gravity.

In car collisions of less than 10 miles per hour, the body is subjected to hyper acceleration at a rate of 5 to 10 G’s.  As a comparison, the force of 10 G’s is greater than a fighter pilot will experience during air to air combat.

Research shows that during an auto collision, your body can move back and forth 8 to 10 times faster than the speed your vehicle was moving before impact.   In as little as a 10 mph collision, your head can cause your neck to whip at a rate of 80 to 100 mph. and come to a sudden stop – in less than a second!

The neck is not designed to move at a hyper accelerated speed beyond normal ranges of motions brought about by the weight of the head, and then suddenly stopped.  This leads to compressive and tearing forms of injuries, once again known as whiplash.

Symptoms Of Whiplash

If you’ve suffered whiplash, you may experience neck pain, stiffness, headaches, aching, tight or sore muscles of the neck or back, upper back pain; shoulder or arm pain, pain between your shoulders, painful or restricted joint movements or lower back pain.

Dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, poor concentration, sleep difficulties and fatigue are also commonly seen symptoms following a severe impact.

Of course, these are in addition to any other injuries you may have experienced.     One may experience only one symptom or several.

Many factors contribute to each person’s unique symptoms, such as vehicle size, position and angle of your body at the time of impact, angle of collision, whether you had time to brace for the impact or if it was a total surprise, just to name a few.

Symptoms May Appear Suddenly Or Over Time

In whiplash car collisions, the onset of problems may seem minor; developing more seriously over time.  You may be totally free of symptoms immediately following impact.  Your muscles are warm and you feel no pain.

As the days or weeks pass, symptoms may gradually appear or grow worse.  You may have totally forgotten about the accident as you try to figure out “why the pain?”

It is for this reason that one shouldn’t sign away their rights after an auto accident too soon.

Different Names for Whiplash

Whiplash comes with different “names.” After an accident, you may have been told you have whiplash, but you may also been told you have a compressed nerve, stretched, bruised, pulled or torn muscles, a related concussion, a sprain/strain, or swollen and inflamed tissues of the neck – to name a few.

Don’t be fooled by the many interchangeable names surround a whiplash inury.  These are just some of the concerns that go with whiplash.

Chiropractic for Whiplash – Proven Effective

Research shows chiropractic care is the smartly chosen treatment of choice for whiplash injuries and that no other form of treatment is as effective as chiropractic in the vast majority of cases.

If you’re experiencing whiplash symptoms after a car collision, get checked.  With nearly 30 years experience, Dr. Adrian of ChiroCenter in Troy has assisted well over 1,000 auto accident victims get rid of pain and get their life back.  A complimentary injury evaluation will help to come up with the best approach for you.

For a complete report about whiplash, please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

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