Symptoms: Whiplash victims often develop neck pain and stiffness within a couple of hours to three days after the accident. Headaches, shoulder pain, blurry vision, anxiety, back pain and dizziness are other symptoms that may develop. Depending on the severity of your whiplash injury, you may only suffer a few hours, but some people suffer for years. And absence of “pain” does not mean absence of injury!
Overview: Whiplash, or cervical acceleration-deceleration syndrome (CAD) to use its medical name, occurs when the human body runs into the laws of physics. Whiplash is most often associated with a rear-end car crash which brings the body to a halt, while the head wants to keep going forward. This snaps the neck backward and forward which damages ligaments, muscles and other soft tissues, often injuring vertebrae and vertebral joints.
While rear-end collisions are the most common cause of whiplash, front or side accidents may result in whiplash, as well as injuries associated with contact sports and convulsions..
In extreme cases (which are rare), whiplash can cause a vertebral fracture, and this can result in severe spinal cord injury. For this reason, it’s important to have Dr. Suzan Starler, D.C. at Star Chiropractic and Nutrition evaluate and manage the injury. In severe cases, the use of an MRI or CAT scan is advised, and possibly a cervical collar to stabilize the neck. Once the extent of your injury is determined, Dr. Suzan can better estimate how long the healing process may take and provide care to speed your recovery..