Whiplash Injury

Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are rapidly pushed forward and backward creating a "whip-like" movement.  Whiplash most commonly occurs in rear-end motor vehicle collisions but it can also occur during sporting events, work injuries and from a fall.

The rapid acceleration and deceleration of the head and neck during a rear-end automobile collision occurs in less than one second.  But the peak accelerations during this event are sufficient to cause damage to the ligaments, nerves and muscles of the neck.

During a whiplash event, the ligaments and muscles are stretched beyond their normal range of motion.  The result is an injury to the muscles and ligaments of the neck, often termed a sprain-strain injury.  The injured tissues become inflamed and painful.  Muscle spasm also occurs and can contribute to the neck pain and stiffness.  Even low speed rear end collisions can create enough force (acceleration) to injure the neck.

The most common symptoms of a whiplash injury are pain and stiffness of the neck.  The pain can also extend to the upper back.  Headaches and dizziness are also common symptoms of a whiplash associated injury.  It is not uncommon for symptoms of a whiplash to begin 24-72 hours after the crash.

Unfortunately for some individuals, symptoms of neck pain and stiffness often persist for many weeks or months after an injury.  It has been estimated that 10% of persons involved in a rear end collision develop chronic neck pain and disability.

Our office has successfully treated many cases of whiplash injury.  While no one treatment has been shown to be superior in the treatment of whiplash injuries, chiropractic treatment including therapeutic exercises have been shown to be effective in reducing pain and restoring function for persons who sustain a whiplash injury.

McGee Chiropractic is located at 1330 E. Arlington Blvd.  Dr. McGee has been a practicing chiropractor for over 30 years.
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