When your body experiences a sudden impact that results in your neck jerking from one side to the other, either from exercise or falling down, your cervical spine can be thrust beyond its limits. When this occurs, your neck and the adjacent tendons become constricted, creating an intense inflexibility that can be extremely uncomfortable and even debilitating.
Known in the medical field as Cervical Acceleration Deceleration, the most frequent cause of Whiplash injury is directly related to some type of automobile accident.
This is due to the fact that you’re almost guaranteed to have your neck violently pushed in one direction during a head-on, rear-end, or side collision. While speed definitely has a role to play in the extent of your injury, it is essential to understand that driving as slow as 15 miles per hour can still result in an impact strong enough to cause serious neck injury in both drivers and passengers alike.
Whiplash is the most frequently occurring type of personal injury case related to automobile accidents in the United States. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, one car accident occurs about every ten seconds, resulting in over 2 million injuries each year, most of which are recorded as Whiplash.
If your car’s headrest is too high, low, or positioned at an uncomfortable height that’s more than 2 inches from the head, your risk of experiencing Whiplash goes up by 30 percent.
Your age can play a role in how vulnerable you are to experiencing Whiplash. Your muscles and ligaments become less flexible and weaker over time, causing your body to become less pliable with age. When your body’s limitations decrease over time, your chances of tearing, straining or pulling something increases.
Women and children usually suffer from Whiplash injury more than men due to the fact that both demographics tend to be more petite than men. Because of these attributes, women and children tend to sit closer to the steering wheel or airbag, as well as wear their seat belts erroneously. Most insurance policies will cover the complete cost of Chiropractic care if you’re involved with some type of automobile accident.
For most accident victims who experience Whiplash, patients tend to notice the first signs and related symptoms within the first day of the injury initially taking place.
If you notice any of the following signs of illness, make sure you call us immediately to setup an examination.
While it may not be convenient, your risk of developing permanent damage or long-term pain significantly increases the longer you go without skilled medical treatment.
There are a few convenient steps that everyone can take to decrease their chances of suffering from Whiplash injury. These steps include:
Meeting with an experienced Chiropractor should be the first thing you do after you’ve called the police and an attorney when getting into an automobile or slip-and-fall accident. Scheduling an immediate assessment is the ideal way to resolve any immediate pain you may have, as well as ensure that the chances of you experiencing some type of permanent damage or relapse are lessened. For most of our patients, the following methods serve as effective treatment methods for addressing short and long-term pain.
If your Chiropractor recommends it, you may want to use a neck brace to make sure your neck is constantly supported and fixed in an upward position. Make sure it use it sparingly though, as it can actually cause your muscles to lose strength over time.
Considered to be the most popular or widely-used forms of Chiropractic therapy, spinal manipulation, muscle relaxation or stimulation consists of measured stretches that are applied to your damaged or injured muscles.
Depending on how restricted or tight your muscles are, your Chiropractor may opt to use a more vigorous approach when applying various stretches. Your Chiropractor may also concurrently apply pressure techniques, gently massaging areas that are most sensitive with their fingers.
Our Jonesboro Chiropractors are your first line of defense against permanent damage and long-term pain. If left untreated, Whiplash can significantly restrict your ability to go about your everyday routine, including maintaining your career and providing for your loved ones. Even if you do not develop some type of immobilizing condition, you will still experience recurring pain that varies in its severity and extent.
We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are happy to answer any questions your may have. Our team of friendly, professional staff can help you work with your insurance provider, walk you through all necessary paperwork, and even call your insurance company on your behalf if necessary. Our facilities are equipped with the most advanced X-ray and MRI machines if necessary, and all of our Chiropractors come to AICA with years of experience. If you are unable to drive to our office in Jonesboro, we can provide you with transportation when requested.