Whiplash– cervical strain/sprain is a common injury to the neck from auto accidents. Injury occurs when the head experiences a sudden snapping motion caused from an impact with another vehicle. The sudden acceleration/deceleration forces on the cervical spine cause the soft tissues of the neck to micr0-tear. The muscles are strained and the ligaments are sprained. This major trauma to the spine can cause a loss of the lordosis (the c-shaped curve the neck naturally has) to be lost or even reversed.
If this injury is left untreated, over time the spine will degenerate at an accelerated rate causing DJD, osteoarthritis, decrease in the range of motion, and PAIN, later in life. Chiropractic care can help restore the motion and the curve to the injured cervical spine if treatment occurs quickly after the injury is sustained. This injury can lead to a myriad of other problems including headaches, migraines, neck, upper back, and shoulder problems-including numbness and tingling down the arms and into the finger tips.
Seek immediate chiropractic care if ever involved in a auto accident, motor vehicle accident, or any type of wipeout!