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What Is Whiplash And How Chiropractic Can Help

What Is Whiplash And How Chiropractic Can Help

Whiplash syndrome occurs due to a sharp acceleration and deceleration of the cervical spine that leads to hyperextension and hyperflexion of the neck and head. This movement causes the cervical spine to suffer intense and sudden stress to its structure. This type of injury is usually the result of a car accident due to a rear or side collision, but it can also occur due to a work accident, during sports, falls, or cranial traumas.

The whiplash can cause bone or soft tissue lesions that, in turn, can produce different clinical manifestations called whiplash-associated disorders. The main associated injuries are vertebral displacements, herniation or rupture of the vertebral discs, and tearing or distension of the muscles and tendons of the cervical spine. In addition, the spinal cord and nerve roots can stretch and swell.

One of the main disadvantages of this injury is that the symptoms may take time to appear, so the patient sometimes does not take the necessary measures for recovery, leading to subsequent complications.

Neck pain and stiffness are the most frequent symptoms in people who have suffered this type of injury. However, they can also present numbness, weakness or tingling of the upper limbs, headache, blurred vision, vertigo, tinnitus, fatigue, irritability, among others

Each case of whiplash is different, therefore, the chiropractic treatment to be applied is determined once the professional evaluates the primary dysfunctions during the physical examination. However, the treatments most used by chiropractors include:
Chiropractic manipulation: It is a great help in case of joint dysfunction. The chiropractor slowly mobilizes the affected joint in the direction of greatest resistance, applying a little tension and slowly increasing the range of motion. This allows us to relieve the pain and restore mobility to the joint.

Relaxation and/or muscle stimulation: It consists of performing gentle stretches of muscle groups that have excessive tension. Pressure techniques are usually applied to trigger points to relieve pain.

Various exercises: Chiropractors can implement various types of stabilization exercises designed to correct defective movement patterns during daily life activities.

Ergonomic and lifestyle changes: it consists in promoting the maintenance of an adequate posture during the activities of daily life, thus reducing the tension of the injured structures.

It is important to keep in mind that the lesions should be treated from the first moment since the delay in treatment can cause a worse evolution. Therefore, if you have suffered from this type of injury go to a professional as soon as possible.

If you think you’ve had whiplash syndrome, come by our clinic in Vaughan to get it checked. At Mindset First, we have experienced chiropractors that can help you with your ailment. Call us on 905 660 9284 or email us at mindsetfirst@yahoo.com to book an appointment.

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