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Woman holding her neck in pain after a car accidentIn a classic case of whiplash from an auto accident, a hyperextension and hyperflexion injury (an impact from behind) is involved. You don’t have to be travelling at a high speed for whiplash to occur. Some injuries happen when a car is travelling as slow as 5 mph.

What Happens to the Body?

The body is not designed to handle a force as great as a car accident. The human head is too heavy for the neck and it whips back and forward—(hyperextension and hyperflexion), tearing and stretching ligaments, tendons and muscles in the cervical spine (the neck).

That causes swelling and many additional symptoms including concussion and brachial neuralgia, which is pain in the shoulder and arm. Headaches and back pain also are often experienced following an auto collision.

Hyperextension and hyperflexion types of injuries can cause a hyper-motion of the lumbar vertebra and the thoracic vertebra of the back. When hypermobility (or moving too much) occurs there’s a stretching of the tendon, muscle, ligament and nerve.

A deceleration (hyperflexion/hyperextension) injury that occurs when the front of a moving vehicle strikes another vehicle or a stationary object can also cause head, neck, shoulder, arm and back pain.

In addition to neck stiffness and pain, other symptoms you may experience following whiplash include

  • Blurred vision
  • Concentration challenges
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Insomnia

How Chiropractic Can Help

Often, the vertebrae in the neck and back actually can be displaced and chiropractic is essential in making sure that all the vertebrae in the spine are adjusted to where they’re supposed to be. Doing so also allows the soft tissue to heal properly.

Before he begins care, Dr. Brown will first evaluate your injuries, examining your spine and neck to identify the location of your injuries.

He then will put together a tailored treatment plan to help get you out of pain as quickly as possible and on the path to healing. Dr. Brown has many techniques at his disposal to address whiplash. These include Cox Flexion Distraction, Activator Methods® and soft tissue therapy. He will use the one(s) that will get the best and quickest results.

Book an Appointment

If you’ve sustained whiplash, it’s important to seek care right away so we can help you recover from your injury. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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