Injuries to the neck caused by a rapid movement of the head backward, forward, or side to side, is referred to as “whiplash.” Whether a result of a car accident, sport, or work injury, whiplash or other neck injuries warrant a thorough chiropractic check-up.
The biggest danger with these injuries is that the symptoms can take years to develop. Too often people don’t seek treatment until more serious complications develop. Even after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims, between 39%-56% report they still suffer with symptoms two years later.
In the past, a typical whiplash injury where no bones were broken, was hard to document. Soft tissue injuries do not show up on x-ray and insurance companies would deny coverage. Adding insult to injury, the patient suffering all too real pain was considered to be a fraud, a liar, or at best a hypochondriac.
New imaging devices (CAT Scans, Magnetic Imaging, and Ultra-Sound) may show soft tissue damages and insurance companies cover most whiplash treatment.
When no bones are broken and the head doesn’t strike the windshield, typical symptoms are as follows: 92% complain of neck pain, which typically starts two hours up to two days after the accident, but can be weeks or months later.
This is often the result of tightened muscles that react to either muscle tears or excessive movement of joints from ligament damage. The muscles tighten in an effort to splint and support the head, limiting the excessive movement.