Whiplash is a term used most often to describe the symptoms resulting from a car accident. A victim of whiplash may experience any or all of these symptoms:
- Pain in the shoulders
- Pain between the shoulder blades
- Pain in one or both arms
- Vision problems
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Poor concentration or memory
- Neck pain/stiffness
- Tight and/or sore muscles
- Tenderness in the muscles
- Low back pain
- Sleep disturbance
- Loss of motion in the neck
A whiplash neck sprain occurs when your head is suddenly jolted backwards and forwards (or forwards then backwards) in a whip-like movement, or is suddenly forcibly rotated. This can cause some neck muscles and ligaments to stretch more than normal (sprain).
The common cause is when you are in a vehicle that is hit from behind by another vehicle. Being in a vehicle hit from the side or front can also cause a whiplash sprain.
Damage to the spine or spinal cord sometimes occurs from a severe whiplash accident. This is uncommon and is not dealt with in this article. This article deals only with the common whiplash sprain to neck muscles and ligaments. It assumes that you have been assessed by a doctor and serious neck injury has been ruled out.
An acceleration deceleration type injury can often cause structural instabilities, which compromise the nervous system. Often the body’s natural curves in both the cervical and lumbar spine are reduced or reversed leading to altered biomechanics. This in turn alters the weight bearing and movement of the spine often leading to early degeneration. We are able to help restore proper curves and motion back to your spine allowing your body to express its full potential. It has been our experience that the sooner you begin treatment for injuries incurred in a car accident, the quicker the healing response and greater the results.
In the state of Florida, the Personal Injury Protection(PIP) that you are required to carry on your automobile insurance covers the treatment that you receive at our office.
There are several Destin chiropractors to choose from, how do you know which one to choose? Please contact our chiropractic clinic in Destin, Florida or our office in the Grand Boulevard shopping center in Miramar Beach, Florida at 850-654-1850 to schedule chiropractic care, massage therapy, deep tissue laser therapy, nutritional counseling, rehabilitation services, or if you have questions about any of our services or our ability to provide you with help.