Renew Chiropractic Treatment for Auto Accident / Whiplash Injuries in Lakewood, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Littleton & Denver
6 Realities about Whiplash, A Lakewood Chiropractor’s Perspective
1) Pain is not the only symptom
Although neck and/or shoulder pain is the most common symptom associated with whiplash injury, other symptoms may include headaches, neck swelling, muscle spasms, numbness or tingling into your arms, nausea, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, and blurred vision. Symptoms may be present immediately after an accident or they may slowly begin to develop over hours or even days.
2) Injury may occur at speeds less than 5mph
It's hard to believe that at such slow speeds your body may become injured, but researchers recently conducted low speed rear impact tests and concluded that 29% of people developed symptoms related to whiplash at speeds of just 2.5mph. Furthermore, it has been shown that a 10mph rear end collision can produce up to 9 G's of force in your neck! Keep in mind, the speed of the collision does not correlate to the degree of injury your body may sustain.
3) During impact your neck is forced into an unnatural S curve
The 7 vertebrae of the neck normally combine to form a 35-45 degree curve called the cervical lordosis. Biomechanical studies have shown that during a rear-end collision the torso is forced back into the seat and at the same time moves upward causing the lower cervical vertebrae to move into hyperextension while the upper cervical vertebrae flex forward. It is believed that it is during this time that injury occurs in the neck as the muscles, tendons, and ligaments are being strained to hold the vertebrae against opposing forces.
4) X-rays are usually negative for fracture
Advancements in seat and headrest design have helped to diminish the number of serious head and neck injuries resulting from rear-end collisions. Although x-rays are usually negative for fractures of the cervical spine, a common finding associated with whiplash injuries is a straightening of the cervical curve. This can be due to persistent muscle spasm and is usually associated with pain.
On the right is an X-ray of a normal cervical lordosis (curve), whereas the X-ray on the left shows a decreased lordosis or straightening of the curve from a Whiplash.
5) Chiropractic treatment in Lakewood can help
Dr. Jason Jumper at Renew Chiropractic is trained to diagnosis and treat many of the injuries that are typically associated with whiplash. Dr. Jumper in Lakewood will perform a thorough history and physical examination, may request x-rays or other imaging if necessary, will provide treatment to the soft tissues and joints as necessary, and will teach you proper home care for your injuries. Treatment can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months depending on the severity of injury.
More than 1 million people suffer whiplash injuries each year and about 10% of those end up with chronic pain that affects their daily activities. If you or someone you know is suffering from pain related to an auto accident, Call Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood: 720-493-5885. WE CAN HELP!!
6) Whiplash Pain Relief & Improve Other Symptoms
If you are suffering from Whiplash injuries in Lakewood, Arvada, Golden, Wheat Ridge, Littleton & Denver, you probably know the most obvious symptom-PAIN. But did you know a spinal misalignment in your neck or lower back can lead to:
- Neck pain
- Muscle spasms
- Numbness in arms & hands
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Pinched nerves
- Jaw pain
- Damaged discs
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Disc bulge
- Disc herniations
We can eliminate Whiplash / neck pain from its source, and put you on the road to better health again. Call our Lakewood Chiropractic office for a FREE, No obligation consultation. 720-493-5885.
Harvard Health Publications, Whiplash, 9/1/2009
Spine Research Institute of San Diego, www.srisd.com
Clinical Biomechanics, Cervical Spine Curvature During Simulated Whiplash, Volume 19, Issue 1, January 2004.