You were sitting at a stoplight on a cold, icy Wisconsin night. The car behind you couldn’t stop and slid into your car. Since that night, you’ve had headaches, neck pain and stiffness, ringing in your ears and can’t seem to hold your head up straight. You weren’t hit that hard and you felt fine that night. It couldn’t be whiplash, right?
Whiplash is a generic term used for injuries resulting from rear-end vehicle collisions. It can occur in other ways as well, but for ease of explanation, we will use this mode of injury. After reading what happens to your body when you’re hit from behind, you will have a greater understanding of why Dr. Jurack encourages you to use the headrest in your car and place it an inch or two above the top of your head.
If your vehicle is hit from behind, your body moves forward. Your head then moves abruptly backwards beyond its normal range of motion. When your body suddenly stops moving, the head and neck are “whipped” forward. This tears or severely stresses the tissues in your neck.
Symptoms of whiplash include muscle spasm, neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, nausea, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, dizziness, concussion, limited range of motion, numbness, or an inability to hold your head erect.
No matter how minor the accident may seem, a consultation should be performed ASAP after the accident occurs.
The total effect of the accident on your body may not be felt for 2-3 weeks, or sometimes 5-10 years afterwards at which time scar tissue and arthritis can start to form. Waiting only prolongs healing time. After a thorough chiropractic evaluation, proper treatment can be administered to correct the problem. Many of our patients carry one of our business cards in their glove box just in case.