A motor vehicle collision can be a life altering traumatic event, the injuries of which often are longer lasting than one might assume, and symptoms may not occur for months later. Whiplash, is an injury that accelerates your head and neck at violent speeds, injuring the head, neck, upper back and shoulders, as the rest of our body is harnessed by seatbelts. Whiplash is technically known as Cervical Acceleration Deceleration(CAD) Injuries. This absolutely does not preclude other areas of our bodies to be injured, such as the mid and low back, pelvis, knees, ankles, elbows wrist and face. The impact forces flex and extend the neck far beyond its normal range of motion, causing excessive biomechanical stresses upon soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments, tendons intervertebral discs, etc. thus injuring the tissue and causing acute and often chronic, permanent symptoms. This is why even seemingly mild motor vehicle accidents need to be taken seriously.
Oftentimes, symptoms following a whiplash not experienced or noticed immediately, which leads patients to diminish the extent and severity of their injuries. However, CAD whiplash injuries often result in aberrant brain function and signals, even before symptoms may appear. There can also be damage to tissues of the spine with symptoms usually beginning to appear within a few days after the injury, usually affecting the head, neck, upper back, shoulders and arms. People may experience just one symptom or a slew of symptoms. Even in the absence of symptoms brain function can change dramatically.
Some Common Symptoms:
3) Neck pain or soreness
4) Upper back pain
5) Shoulder pain
6) Chest and rib pain
7) Lower back and hip pain
8) Numbness/Tingling in the arms/hands and legs/feet
10) Loss of normal range of motion
11) Concussion or mild traumatic brain injury
12) Post-Concussion Syndrome
13) Memory difficulties
14) Difficulty finding words
To address the whiplash or traumatic brain injuries Chiropactic Neurology care and neuroscience based clinical rehabilitation may well be one’s best option. Reducing inflammation is crucial to decreasing pain, symptoms and for the long term recovery. The aberrant biomechanics must be eliminated to allow vertebrae of the spine to regain proper motion, which reduces the likelihood of future osteoarthritis. Strengthening and retraining of the spinal stabilizing musculature and restoring normal range of motion is vital to proper functioning of the vestibular and ocular systems, which are so integrated and affect overall brain function.