Whiplash takes place when the upper spine is abruptly forced frontward while the lower spine is firm and unaffected. This is likely to happen during a collision when a vehicle is rear ended. What happens is that the tendons and muscles that are bordering the spine become torn and damaged, which results in neck and back pain.
The term “Whiplash” is not actually a medical term, but rather a colloquial way of labeling the more technical definition of "Cervical acceleration–deceleration" (CAD). This condition is actually a very common result of many situations regarding activities like driving, sports, bungee jumping, roller coasters, headbanging and such.
The CAD condition defines an impulsive retracting of the spine, which results in stretching or tearing of ligaments, while the head snaps forwards and, consequently, back again. This violent movement can severely affect your head and neck area, causing short and long term consequences like chronic pains.
Seeing a chiropractor promptly after an auto injury is a smart move to make because we can diagnose any problems that may arise from your accident. Each case is different and we will focus on which treatment is best for you. Our doctors will examine and listen to you and establish a treatment or customized plan that best fits your needs. We offer therapeutic massage, spinal decompression therapy and corrective exercises that will get you feeling back at your best.
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- Around 3 million new cases of whiplash are diagnosed each year in the United States
- 75% percent of patients may experience symptoms for more than 6 months
- People around 30 and 50 years of age are more prone to be affected by Whiplash
- Whiplash is 5 times more common in women than in men
- Whiplash injuries are not tied to high speeds, they can appear after collisions involving vehicles traveling at less than 12 mph.
“Railway Spine”: The 1st Known Whiplash Effect
Before cars were a common asset between the general population, and even before they were invented, these injuries were defined as “Railway Spine”, in connection to the effect produced by train accidents or collisions. The first case of severe neck pain relative to one of these accidents was recorded back in 1919.
Nowadays, with the advent of a wide array of vehicles available for everyone, some organizations such as the Quebec Task Force on Whiplash-Associated Disorders invented the term 'Whiplash-Associated Disorders' to define the amount of different conditions and symptoms associated with these kinds of injuries.