Auto Accident &

Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash Injuries

The term whiplash was first introduced by Dr. Harold Crowe in 1928 to describe the mechanics of and injuries resulting from rear-end automobile collisions.  Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) is the term commonly used today to describe the conditions that arise as a result of this type of motor vehicle collision (MVC).

Whiplash injuries can occur when the occupant of a stationary vehicle is struck by another vehicle from behind.  During this type of collision, the torso (upper body and chest) moves forward quickly while the head and neck lag behind this movement.  At that same moment, the head and neck move backward relative to this forward movement of the torso. Shortly after this, the head and neck follow the forward movement of the torso and rapidly accelerate forward.  The entire event takes less than a second to occur, yet the peak forces from this rapid acceleration and deceleration are more than sufficient to damage the bone and soft tissues of the neck and upper back.

Symptoms of a whiplash injury (WAD) include neck pain and stiffness, headache, shoulder pain, arm pain, dizziness, jaw pain and low back pain. Many patients report having multiple symptoms after a rear-end collision. Some neck injuries resolve with treatment but, unfortunately, some individuals develop chronic neck pain after a whiplash injury.

Chiropractic care is an important component in the treatment of acute neck injuries and chronic neck pain.  If you have suffered a neck injury, call our office today and let us help you and your neck feel better.
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