Whiplash Injury part 2

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Let’s talk a little about possible symptoms that you could possibly sustain from a whiplash injury.

“Why did my headaches start more than a week after my accident?”  Whether you’ve been in an accident and have suffered whiplash injury, stressed at work or overexerted yourself in the garden, your body is constantly adapting to the environment.  When your capacity to adapt is exhausted, symptoms can appear.  This can take days, weeks, months or years to occur.  The best thing you can do is immediately following your accident, get to the chiropractor to have your neck and back checked.  This will help your body heal properly following a whiplash injury, and not just adapt to it.

“Why do I have pain in my arms and hands?”  Because the nerves to the arms and hands exit the spine through the injured area of the neck, numbness and tingling are common.  Even lower back pain can result directly from the trauma of a whiplash injury or as a reaction to the loss of proper spinal curves.  Studies done on carpel tunnel syndrome, have been linked to whiplash injuries.

“Will I ever be normal again?”   Many chiropractic patients report improved spinal curves and an end to their symptoms after having suffered a whiplash injury.  Those who delay seeking appropriate care often discover that scar tissue and spinal instability require periodic chiropractic checkups.

“How can I prevent whiplash injuries?”  Since car accidents are the major cause of acceleration/deceleration injuries, defensive driving skills can help.  Be sure your taillights and turn signals are properly working.  Allow enough stopping distance in front of you.  When you slow down or stop, always check your rear-view mirror to see if the driver behind you is paying attention.  And finally, be sure your seat head rest is properly adjusted to the right height, so that if you are hit from behind, your neck won’t flex back over the top of the head rest.


From Patient Media, Inc.

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