With more and more insurance companies, as well as the Department of Defense, formally recognizing the benefits of chiropractic care, it is no surprise that chiropractic care for whiplash victims has gained in popularity. Charlotte chiropractors have known for years that patients who experienced whiplash injury benefited from chiropractic treatment, not just for injury care, but also for the long-term.
Whiplash is not a matter of crying wolf!
Years ago, whiplash had a rather bad reputation as an injury whose symptoms were imagined or exaggerated, primarily for monetary gain after a car accident. Recent research has determined that whiplash injuries are complex and more extensive than understood before the Yale University study released by their Biomechanics Laboratory in New Haven, CT. Those persons experiencing whiplash have usually been involved in a two-vehicle accident, where their car was struck from behind.
When a person has whiplash, they may suffer from these problems:
- Joint dysfunction
- Disc herniation
- Faulty movement patterns
- Chronic pain
- Cognitive and higher center dysfunction
The variety of problems related to whiplash injury is one of the reasons there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to chiropractic care for whiplash; it is as individual as the person who experienced the car accident. That’s why your Charlotte chiropractor at ChiroCarolina® will develop a treatment plan that aligns with your specific injury needs, so you can get moving again without pain and with full range of motion.
What causes whiplash?
The cause of whiplash, specifically in relation to rear injury accidents, has to do with the natural shape of the cervical spine. The normal shape of the cervical spine is a C shape. When a rear injury accident occurs, the occupant in the forward vehicle is thrown into a motion that contorts the cervical spine into an S-curved shape: the lower part of the spine moves backward, the upper section moves forward. It is the lower part of the spine where things get really of whack, moving far beyond its normal range of motion. Under normal circumstances, the spine has a stabilizing factor that usually prevents these odd extensions beyond the normal range. However, if one is unaware of the impending impact there is no time to stabilize the spine, and the impact has a much greater effect.
Other factors that could influence the extent of whiplash injury include posture at the time of impact; the physical condition of the victim; awareness of impending crash, and gender. Regarding gender, women are more likely than men to suffer whiplash after a car accident because they have smaller bony structure than men, and are also less muscular.
Chiropractic care for whiplash depends on the injury, but in general most Charlotte chiropractors would use treatments that include manipulation, muscle relaxation and stimulation, exercises, and lifestyle and ergonomic changes. Because chiropractic care at ChiroCarolina® is focused on holistic care, this means no heavy-duty medicines will be prescribed, and treatment will focus on the entire body, not just the whiplash injury. This holistic approach tends to have more long-term benefits for patients of chiropractic care.
If your car was rear-ended and you suspect you may have whiplash injury, call the professionals at ChiroCarolina® today and find out how chiropractic care for whiplash can get you up and moving again!