Dr Brad Ivanchuk here.
I am a Burlington, Ontario Chiropractor, American Posture Institute Certified Posture Expert and Certified Postural Neurologist at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.
Today I would like to talk a bit about whiplash as I have had 2 patients recently sustain a serious whiplash injury to their neck in a car accident, so I think it’s time for a quick review.
There are 3 basic types of whiplash injuries.
One is where you run into something like the car in front of you and your head snaps forwards then backwards.
Another is when someone hits you from behind and your head snaps backwards then forwards.
The third is a side-impact when someone hits you on the side and your head snaps side to side. This one by the way causes far more damage to your neck.
Irrespective of what type of whiplash you suffer, there are 3 consequences.
One is major spinal misalignments or subluxations in the middle part of your neck especially.
Secondly, here will be damage to the spinal joints between the vertebrae in your neck and thirdly, there will be stretching and straining and even tearing of the muscles in the front, back and sides of your neck.
These 3 things cumulatively will really mess with and irritate a vast network of nerves in the head and neck region.
Let’s recap then the most common symptoms associated with a whiplash; headaches, neck and shoulder pain and stiffness, pain and stiffness between the shoulder blades, visual disturbances, ringing in the ears, dryness of the throat, hoarseness of the voice and difficulty swallowing (both of my patients really struggled with this right after their car accident but thankfully they are getting better), anxiety, insomnia, profuse sweating and heart palpitations.
Whiplash injuries left uncorrected will cause eventual postural distortions in the neck along with spinal degenerative arthritis and uncorrected whiplash injuries will significantly increase your chances of developing fibromyalgia later in life.
Remember that symptoms may not appear for weeks or even months later.
This is why everyone needs a chiropractic checkup immediately after a whiplash injury or any type of neck injury for that matter.
Emergency room docs or your family doc do not know how to check for subluxations.
This is not their expertise.
It is the expertise of a chiropractor.
All they will do is tell you to rest, apply heat, take drugs and it will eventually go away.
These are the absolute worst things you can do!!
And if there is little or no apparent damage to your car and you therefore think you are ok, I encourage you to go “Whiplash… What You Need To Know” that was previously posted on this website.
If you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have, please call me. Consultations and posture checks are always free of charge in our office.
Our phone number is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home page.
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