Wednesday, July 27, 2016

When Whiplash Occurs

Whiplash is typically a the result of an impact when the cervical spine undergoes what is called an S-shaped curve. Rather than simply being curved to the front in a normal C-shape, as it would normally be at rest, takes on an altered shape: the upper section of the cervical spine bends forward (flexion), while the lower part of the cervical spine moves into extension (bent backward). The cervical spine responds in two ways to help protect it from potential whiplash injury:

the nervous system detects the presence of the impact, and
the muscles of the cervical spine quickly contract to try to minimize the effects of the impact on your ligaments and discs.

If the body’s response is inefficient, an injury is more likely with various types of whiplash pain possibly resulting and whiplash treatment potentially necessary. When you are involved in a car accident, seeing a chiropractor immediately typically beneficial. Timely detection and care of cervical spine injuries and abnormal body mechanics may prevent or reduce the severity of the damage.

In a study with experimental and control groups, manipulated (experimental group) patients had greater reduction in all the measures regarding whiplash pain.

"Observational study found that low back pain patients receiving chiropractic care, which typically includes spinal manipulation, are more satisfied than those receiving medical care."
-New England Journal of Medicine

James Thatcher, D.C., of Colorado Springs, Colorado is a licensed chiropractic with more than twenty years experience in successfully treating patients suffering whiplash injuries. Dr. Thatcher has significant training in the diagnosis and treatment of whiplash and works with each patient on their particular chiropractic needs. 

Thatcher Chiropractic is located at 3535 American Drive in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917 near the intersection at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard.  For more information you can visit our website at  If you have additional questions or if you wish to schedule an appointment, please contact us by phone.  You can reach us at (719) 574-3700.

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