Whiplash is most
commonly associated with rear-end car collisions in which
the heads of those in the front car are suddenly snapped
back and forth by the impact. It is more accurately called
cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) trauma or syndrome,
which describes the rapid movements that can injure the
vertebrae of the neck and the muscles and ligaments that
Anyone can be subjected to whiplash, even in a low-force car
crash at speeds as low as 5 mph. But injuries associated with
whiplash can also result from other mishaps in which the head
is pushed or jerked beyond its normal range of motion. Whiplash
most commonly causes serious and lingering neck pain, but there
may also be back pain, headaches and dizziness. Inasmuch as
bruising of the brain can sometimes occur in auto accidents
and similarly severe causes of whiplash, some victims have experienced
blurred vision, ringing in the ears, nausea and numbness.
Chiropractic treatment can help in relieving the neck pain
and other debilitating effects of whiplash because it
restores movement lost after the accident, overcome muscle
weakness and enhance muscle tone, help speed up recovery,
and diminish chronic symptoms that can persist or recur
over many years.
Repeated and effective chiropractic adjustments
have proved successful for many thousands of patients.
Chiropractic can, in many cases, significantly reduce patients'
distress and allow them to return to their normal activities.
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