Whiplash Treatment

What is Whiplash and the Risk Factors?

Whiplash is probably the most common and well-known cause of injury during an auto accident with more than 3 million new cases annually. Whiplash occurs when the force of the accident ‘whips’ the head. The neck rocks back and forth vigorously when the accident causes your body to thrust forward during the collision. This can cause the neck muscles to extend, become extremely sore and may lead to a limited range of motion.

When the neck pushes farther than normal, the muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the spine become overstretched, torn or irritated. In fact, the impact may be so great that the shock absorbing discs in the spaces between the spinal bones herniate or rupture.

Even minor injuries from whiplash can cause chronic pain and neurological dysfunction, which includes headaches, visual disturbances, loss of balance, nausea and disrupted sleep. These symptoms can occur up to a year after the injury.

Sprained ligaments never heal 100%. Any sprain of the ligaments in the neck is a permanent injury. It results in instability and abnormal loading of the boney and soft tissues of the spine which causes accelerated degeneration or arthritis.

Ligaments can take up to a year to fully repair from whiplash. They repair just like the skin with scarring. Just like with scars on the skin, wound-repaired ligaments are less functional.

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Common Symptoms and Injuries from Whiplash

Whiplash symptoms may take hours, days or weeks to appear. If you notice any of these symptoms after an auto accident, seek treatment.

  • Soreness or stiffness of the neck
  • Headaches
  • Pain, numbness or tingling in the back, arms, shoulders and hands
  • Reduced range of motion in the neck or ability to move the head
  • Ringing in the ears, dizziness, hearing loss or blurred vision

The most common injuries from whiplash:

  • Sprained or torn ligaments of the spine
  • Strained or torn muscles and tendons
  • Concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Torn discs, herniated discs, herniated discs with pain and numbness
  • Fracture or dislocation of the bones of the cervical spine

The Impact of Whiplash on Your Body and Health

Whiplash often causes major injuries and can occur with speeds as low at 2.5 mph. Even if damage to the car is minimal, there can be permanent spinal damage. Whiplash injuries dismissed as minor initially, often end up causing lifelong health problems.

Trauma to the spine, no matter how small, can disturb the natural position of vertebrae, affecting surrounding muscles, ligaments and discs. The vertebrae protect the spinal cord and exiting nerves, so even a small disturbance can have a significant adverse effect on the nerve tissue and the nervous system’s ability to function.

Many patients leave the emergency room with a diagnosed or an undiagnosed whiplash injury and never receive treatment for the condition. Not treating a whiplash injury can lead to a degenerative chain reaction resulting in many underlying health problems. (i.e. WAD – Whiplash Associated Disorder) This can slowly grow worse with time and even destroy good health.

How are Whiplash Injuries Treated with Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic CareTreatment for whiplash injuries vary depending to the severity of the condition. Dr. Manteris is a trauma trained expert in the treatment of whiplash injuries. Whether you experience minor or severe injuries, Dr. Manteris has specific protocols to mobilize the spine to begin to restore normal motion.

We take the time to connect with each patient to create the right treatment plan to produce results quickly and effectively. We start with a free consultation and obtain a detailed health history and discuss your current condition.  If your whiplash is due to an auto accident, we accept all Med Pay policies, accept attorney liens and do not require health insurance.  Dr. Manteris will perform the necessary tests, imaging and our thorough exam protocol creates the correct whiplash injury diagnosis.

Treat Your Whiplash – Broomfield Spine + Injury

If you’ve been in an auto accident, large or small, it’s imperative to schedule an appointment to evaluate possible injuries as soon as possible.

Contact Broomfield Spine + Injury with questions to schedule a free consultation for whiplash injury treatment