Whiplash refers to soft tissue damage to the neck. Whiplash injuries can affect the neck muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as the discs which are located between the neck bones.
Whiplash is a common but serious injury. Car accidents are notorious for causing moderate to severe neck injuries. Most people are unaware that whiplash can occur at speeds as low as 25km/hr! The benefit of wearing seat belts is undeniable at saving lives, however they provide minimal protection to the neck and head during car accidents.
Whiplash injuries are also a common occurrence at sporting arenas. Hockey and football are well known contact sports. Every year, many players are injured with moderate to severe whiplash injuries. Although helmets are helpful at reducing head injuries, the neck remains exposed, which may cause whiplash.
For a person who may think they have suffered whiplash, it is important to seek care as soon as possible after the injury occurs. The moment whiplash occurs, the body is in a race against time to repair the injured area as best as it can. In the process of initial healing, the body lays down layers of scar tissue but it does a poor job. This scar tissue can cause a patient chronic pain, months or years after the initial injury.
To help reduce and alleviate symptoms of whiplash, it is important for an injured patient to seek proper care. A consultation and or examination may be necessary to evaluate the extent of the condition. From there, proper manual care would be beneficial to help the body heal the injured tissues properly. Care may include chiropractic care, physiotherapy and massage therapy. In some cases, acupuncture may be helpful to speed up recovery time and help lower overall pain and discomfort.
If you or someone you know is suffering from whiplash, call our clinic today for a free consultation at 905-593-1605.
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