7 Strategies for Overcoming Whiplash

7 Strategies for Overcoming Whiplash Before we give you the 7 Strategies… let’s talk about Whiplash. A motor vehicle impact at a speed as low as 5 MPH creates enough of an impact to cause severe spinal injury or damage.  A study from 2006 evaluating the risk of low speed and low impact collisions, determined … Read more…

A 5 MPH Crash Can Cause Spinal Damage

Really?  A 5 MPH crash can cause spinal damage! A study from 2006 determined a motor vehicle impact as slow as 5 miles per hour creates enough of an impact to cause severe spinal injury or spinal damage.  An inter-vertebral disc can start to decay within 48 hours after an accident!  The bottom line, it … Read more…

Car Accidents and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

When you woke up today, you thought this was like any other Friday. You’re on your way to work, and traffic is flowing smoother than normal. Suddenly, someone crashes into the back end of your car and you feel your head extend back over the headrest and then rebound forwards, almost hitting the steering with your forehead.

Whiplash Facts

Treatment includes rest, ice and later heat, exercise, pain management and avoiding prolonged use of a collar. Chiropractic includes all of these as well as manipulation, mobilization, muscle release methods, and patient education.

Interesting Facts About Whiplash

We all know the most common causes of “whiplash” are injuries that typically arise from automobile accidents or, motor vehicle collisions (MVC’s) although whiplash can also occur from slip and fall and virtually, any injury where your head is whipped backwards. But there are many things about whiplash you may not be aware of, which is the reason for this month’s Heath Update on whiplash

Whiplash! Do I Need an Attorney?

When you hear the word, “whiplash,” it brings to mind many different thoughts – motor vehicle collision (MVC), neck pain, headaches, concussion, jaw pain, litigation, car damage estimates – possibly a new car, medical costs, doctor’s appointments, sleepless nights, and more.

The Only Proven Treatment for Chronic Whiplash?

  You may have wondered, “If I get hurt in a car accident, who should I go to for treatment of my whiplash problem?”  This can be quite a challenge as you have many choices available in the healthcare system ranging from drug-related approaches from anti-inflammatory over-the-counter types all the way to potentially addicting narcotic … Read more…

Whiplash – Can This Really Happen To YOU?

You’re stopped at red light awaiting a left turn into the grocery store when out of nowhere, you  hear the screeching of tires, you turn your head and look into the rear view mirror and see that you’re about to be hit from behind. Then “POW!”  The sudden force of the impact propels you back into your seat, your head hits the headrest and then bounces forwards, almost hitting the steering wheel.  You feel your body twist due to the angle of the seat belt and your sunglasses fly off and your purse sitting on the seat next to you flies into the dashboard and lands on the floor spilling its contents.  You’re not sure what just happened as it all happened so fast.  Is this a dream?  … Read more…

Whiplash – What Is It?

Whiplash is a slang term for an injury to the neck that occurs as a result of a sudden jolt, classically occurring in a car accident though a slip and fall injury can sometimes result in a similar condition.  In a classic rear-end collision, the car is struck from behind and accelerated forward at speed that even if the person knew the impending collision was about to take place, bracing the body prior to impact would not prevent injury.  In fact, muscles can only be voluntarily contracted at around 800-1000 msec. and in a rear end collision, the head is “whipped” within a 300-400 msec. time frame.  Add to that, the muscles in the front of neck are initially stretched with the car is propelled forward leaving the head in a relatively extended backwards position.  Most of the headrests in cars are not properly positioned so the head often goes back much farther than the limits of our muscles, ligaments and joints may allow resulting in stretching and tearing of these tissues.  When the tissues in the front of the neck are over stretched, the “rubber band” effect propels the head forward — overstretching the muscles, ligaments, and joints in the back of the spine.  This “crack the whip” phenomenon occurs within 400-500 msec., far quicker than what we are capable of when voluntarily contracting our muscles. Here is a breakdown of what happens in a 5 mph rear-end collision: … Read more…