If you suffered a recent injury to the head, which caused it to suddenly move from front to back, back to front, or even side to side, then you might have suffered from “whiplash.” Once called Railway Spine, during the times when people mostly traveled by train, and this type of injury frequently occurred in train accidents.
Though, this injury doesn’t require a train or even a vehicle to occur, rather it only requires a rear-end collision, head-on collision, or a collision from the side. The truth is that whiplash can occur when a person is struck at only 5 MPH, which means it can happen when a person is going about their daily activities.
Here’s a list of some of those activities
Whiplash Inducing Activities
- Skiing Accident
- Mountain Biking Accident
- Falling down stairs
- Blows to the head
- Tripping and falling
Now, you might be tempted to think that if you don’t feel any pain in your neck or your back, that you can get away with just icing for a few days. Well, we encourage you to ice, but we encourage you to do more than just ice.
The truth is symptoms of whiplash don’t always manifest themselves at first, so a person may have whiplash and not even know it. Those symptoms may not manifest themselves for days, weeks, months, or even years. And the worst thing you can do is to wait until you feel the pain to do something ahout the cause of that pain.
Below is a list of some common symptoms of whiplash
Symptoms of Whiplash
- Neck Pain
- Stiff Neck
- Blurry vision
- Double vision
- Pain between the shoulder blades
- Pain in the arms, legs, feet, or hands
- Headaches or Migraines
- Lower back pain and/or stiffness
- Shoulder pain
- Tinnitus (ringing or other constantly repetitive noises)
- Hearing loss
- Numbness or tingling
- Jaw and/or face pain
- Post-concussion Syndrome (PCS)
The list goes on and on, but there are a certain type of injury that can be a manifestation of whiplash. This injury, once most commonly experienced by those who road the rails can result in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, various infections, ADHD, Seizures, Multiple Sclerosis, and more.
When a person suffers from an automobile accident, other accident listed above, yes even a train accident, or any other type of accident that causes the head to move in front to back, back to front, or side-to-side, they might have suffered whiplash. One of the most important consequences of a whiplash injury is a common misalignment that occurs in the upper neck. This misalignment leads to a change in the alignment between the head in the neck. If this misalignment is not corrected long-standing lingering problems will frequently develop including chronic pain, headaches, vertigo, numbness and tingling and more. The only way to tell if you have suffered this undetected brainstem injury is for an upper cervical chiropractor to examine your upper neck vertebrae, by using specialized testing and taking X-rays of your upper neck.
In the case that such a neck injury to the upper neck vertebrae has occurred, an upper cervical chiropractor will use a gentle, pain free procedure to correct the misaligned vertebrae. This will prevent further progression of symptoms of whiplash and frequently relieve the symptoms you are suffering from.
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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/