Being we see a majority of Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) patients, let me take this time to explain in more detail a very common injury during a MVA……Whiplash.
Whiplash is described as pain in the neck following an abnormal amount of force. This results in movement beyond the neck’s normal range of motion. Whiplash most commonly produces a flexion-extension motion that strains the neck muscles and ligaments. This can lead to joint dysfunction, muscle imbalance and trigger points.
Common symptoms a patient may experience are pain and stiffness in the neck and muscles in the head, chest, shoulders and arms. Headaches may accompany these symptoms as well as dizziness. More severe symptoms include pain shooting down both arms, numbness and tingling into the arms and hands and an inability to move the head.
As chiropractors, we treat each patient based on their unique symptoms as they vary with each incident. We focus on joint dysfunction, muscle dysfunction, disc derangement and muscle compensation patterns. The initial visit to our office will entail a detailed exam along with x-rays of the neck. This allows us to rule out any fractures to the spine. When a proper diagnosis has been decided on, a chiropractic adjustment, physiotherapy and massage therapy will be the treatment options best suited for your recovery.
Dr Jaci Cost