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Whiplash and Auto Injuries
If you have ever been in an auto collision, you may be struggling with whiplash-related neck pain. When your car is hit from behind, your seat is initially pushed forward, while your head remains stationary. Then your body rebounds from the force, pushing your head back and forward in a snapping, whip-like movement. People can also injure their necks through contact sports or other kinds of physical trauma.
Why Neck Pain?
Your spine is made up of an assortment of tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscles. The spine is built to sustain moderate amounts of vertical, compressive force, but is strained when subjected to horizontal or shear forces. Injuries occur in the spine’s ligaments and muscles after they are pushed out of their regular range of motion.
How Do I Know?
Whiplash will often manifest itself within 24 hours of the collision. The most common symptoms are neck pain, headaches, dizziness or fatigue, and blurred vision. Sometimes the pain radiates downward, becoming upper back pain, shoulder pain or arm weakness.
How Chiropractic Care Helps
The condition generally improves within a few months, but some experience pain for longer, upwards of years after the initial collision. In these cases, the recurring pain is likely the result of a spinal misalignment, damaged ligaments, or a herniated disc. Painkillers and muscle relaxers can temporarily allay your pain, but chiropractic adjustment can direct and accelerate the healing process. Dr. Olson will also advise you on ways to build on your chiropractic care sessions at home through stretching exercises to strengthen your neck and heal Whiplash.