The Most Effective Treatment for Whiplash
You’re on the freeway, traffic slows in front of you, and you slow your car down and then BAM! The car or truck behind you was not paying attention and plows into your vehicle. Your body sustains a whiplash. Distracted driving is at an all-time high because of cell phones.
Whiplash is a sudden, moderate-to severe strain affecting the bones, discs, muscles, nerves, or tendons of the neck.
About 1,000,000 whiplash injuries occur in the United States every year. Most are the result of motor vehicle accidents, either rear-ends or side-swipes but can also occur collisions involving contact sports such as football, hockey, soccer, skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding or even a trip up the stairs can fling the neck fast enough. When unexpected force jerks the head back, then forward the bones of the neck snap out of position and irritated nerves can interfere with flow of blood and transmission of nerve impulses. Pinched nerves can damage or destroy the function of body parts whose actions they govern.
Because of the violent nature of whiplash, the structures of the neck become damaged.
Ligaments, muscles, intervertebral discs and intervertebral joints usually all take on damage from the whiplash type injury. Damage to the cervical nerves is much less frequent but the second cervical nerve at the top of the spine is most vulnerable as it can be damaged between the axis and the arch of the atlas.
Symptoms usually appear immediately or soon after an injury; in a third of patients in the first hours, the rest in the first 2 – 3 days, and their severity may be different.
Whiplash injury symptoms
Leading symptoms, almost always accompanied by whiplash:
- A pain in the neck and shoulder girdle, which increases with movement of the head and arms to the limitation of motion in the neck (primarily bending head);
- Dizziness, which accompanies approximately 20 – 25% of cases of whiplash; it can be systemic, combined with imbalance.
- Often there is a headache, which is more often localized in the occiput(back of the head), but sometimes radiates into the temple, eye sockets.
- Cochlear (noise, ringing in the ears) and visual (blurred image, blurred vision) disorders are also possible, and numbness in the face area may be observed.
- Almost a third of cases develop nonspecific moderately expressed cognitive impairment: a decrease in the ability to concentrate attention, a mild memory disorder.
- Often there are mood changes (anxiety, depression). It should be noted that after a trauma, the neck very often becomes a zone of psychological fixation. Constant pain in the neck after whiplash triggers depression, while anxious and conversion disorders contribute to chronic pain.(2)
If the whiplash is not properly treated over time it may produce devastating changes in the brain.
Recently a study was released that may explain why whiplash results in symptoms of the brain. FONAR Corporation (NASDAQ-FONR), The Inventor of MR Scanning™, reported the end of symptoms in a 41-year-old female patient with multiple sclerosis following noninvasive treatment. The treatment was based on a recent major diagnostic breakthrough about the cause of multiple sclerosis achieved with the advanced FONAR UPRIGHT® MRI.
Misaligned cervical vertebrae in the patient (specifically, the vertebrae in the neck known as C-1, C-2, and C3) were causing blockage of the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. (3)
Upper Neck Misaligns and Prevents Natural Healing
Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a precise and specific technique that uses a x-ray analysis unlike any in the world. It allows the doctors to identify misalignments as small as 1mm. Gentle corrections are based on the exact joint angle that each patient has. Realigning of the upper neck will clear the pressure around the brain and allow the nerve impulses to reconnect with the damaged tissues in the rest of the spine. The body can naturally heal itself. There is no twisting or popping of the spine with the Blair Upper Cervical Technique. Call today…