Whiplash is the most common injury that occurs during after car accidents, but this neck trauma can be caused in several other ways as well. Sports injuries, roller coaster rides or general trips and falls can cause whiplash.
Although the injury itself takes less than half a second to occur, the forces that whip the head in a different direction from the rest of the body cause a shearing effect between the neck vertebrae. This damages not only the alignment of the cervical spine, but can significantly harm the intricate network of connective tissues (discs, muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons, etc.) that holds up the head.
Auto accidents and trauma are a common cause of misalignment of your upper two neck vertebrae creating a potential “CHOKE” point. This can result in a decrease in circulation and nerve function to your brain.
If you have had a motor vehicle accident and are experiencing the following symptoms, you may have whiplash:
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder pain
- Pain between your Shoulders
- TMJ or Jaw pain
- Blurred Vison & Vertigo
- Ringing in your Ears
- Low Back Pain
Overcoming Whiplash in Austin
The trickiest thing about whiplash is that, particularly with low-speed accidents, the symptoms often do not manifest themselves immediately. Right after the injury occurs a person may feel fine and think there is nothing wrong. But a few days or even weeks later, symptoms like neck pain, back pain, headache, vertigo and difficulty concentrating start to emerge, but with no clear connection to the original event. Some people suffer from these injuries for years before getting a correct diagnosis and effective treatment.
This is why we urge people who have been in any accident, even if it occurred at a low speed, to stop by and see us right away. Our Austin chiropractor, Dr. Whitehead, is extensively trained to diagnose these kinds of neck injuries and then treat them with highly-skilled, individually-tailored chiropractic care.
Treatment for Whiplash Through Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
Dr. Wendee Whitehead D.C. is particularly skilled in upper-cervical spinal adjustments that can help put the neck gently back in order to release pinched nerves. She can help patients rehabilitate the surrounding soft tissue injuries by teaching them therapeutic exercises and stretches that can help the neck heal and regain strength and range of motion. Our goal is to help you feel better and get back to pain-free living as soon as possible.
Research shows upper cervical misalignment may play a causative or contributory role in the pathogenesis and progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, MS, and ALS, as well as many other neurological conditions including hydrocephalus, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, migraines, seizures, silent-strokes, affective disorders, schizophrenia, and psychosis.
Dr. Wendee Whitehead D.C. has completed advanced training in Orthospinology, a safe, gentle, effective technique to restore the normal alignment of your spine.
If you've ever suffered from this awful neck injury, how did it happen? What helped you recover?
What to Do Next: Schedule Your Initial Auto Accident Evaluation
Contact our chiropractic office and make an appointment for your initial exam, evaluation, consultation, and treatment. We can work with your insurance to get your accident claim processed, too, so your whole experience with us will be as easy on you as possible. Remember, when you come to us, you are putting your health and wellness in experienced, caring, compassionate, and highly skilled hands, and we won't let you down, ever.
We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the Whitehead Chiropractic family. You can reach us at:
5775 Airport Blvd., #300
Austin, TX 78752
Neurology Research International Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 794829, 20 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/794829
The Role of the Craniocervical Junction in Craniospinal Hydrodynamics and Neurodegenerative Conditions