Have you suffered a whiplash injury in a car wreck or auto accident? Do you feel neck pain or soreness? An estimated four million whiplash injuries occur per year, not to mention the concurrent millions of car accident-related concussions. The symptoms of a whiplash, a soft tissue injury, can be subtle and may appear later after your trauma. Whiplash is also called a neck sprain or strain and is important to receive treatment early to prevent lasting injuries. (1)
Causes of Whiplash
Whiplash happens when your head is forcefully and quickly jolted backwards, forwards and then back again. Doctors may diagnose this injury as a cervical sprain / strain. This trauma can seriously injure your spine, intervertebral joints, discs between the bones, ligaments (hold bones together), muscles, nerves and fascia around the neck and back. Most commonly from:
- Auto accidents - the most common cause of whiplash is a rear-end collision ( as little as 5-10 mph collision)
- Contact sports - like soccer, rugby, and football can involve tackles which may cause whiplash injuries
- Slip and falls - if you fall off a ladder or slip in the shower and bonk your head, can strain and sprain your head and neck. (2)
- Neck pain or stiffness when turning your head to look over each shoulder
- Headaches at the base of skull that radiate into the forehead above the eyes
- Dizziness or Vertigo especially when bending over
- Ringing of the Ear
- Shoulder or Arm Numbness or Tingling
- Brain Fog
- Neck and shoulder tightness/ soreness. The muscles may feel hard or hot to the touch. (3)
Dr. Pragle, a board certified Chiropractic Physician, discovered the AO Treatment because he has been on a lifelong journey to find more effective ways to relieve the suffering of people who have been in a car wreck in Tallahassee, Florida and surrounding areas. The AO Treatment is a gentle, effective treatment for whiplash, neck pain, shoulder pain, and concussions. Medical Massage Therapy helps to reduce muscle spasms, release tension and promote healing and relaxation. After a whiplash injury it's also important to regain full range of motion of the neck.
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Posted by Dr. Eric Pragle, DC, LMT