Friday, January 6, 2017

Whiplash Injuriues: What to Expect When the Unexpected Happens

        Whiplash as a result of an automobile accident becomes increasingly prevalent as we enter the winter season in Colorado Springs.  Contrary to the name "whiplash," injuries are not caused by the neck being "whipped."  Injury occurs when the neck is forced through a rapid series of movements at a rate faster than the bones, muscles, and ligaments can react.

        Types of injuries that may occur include torn muscles and ligaments, fracture, nerve inflammation, or vertebral joint misalignment.  What this means to the victim is a combination of a few or many of the following symptoms: swelling or tenderness of the neck, headaches, dizziness, vision changes, pain in the upper extremities, or a reduced ability to turn and bend at the neck.  It is not uncommon that a victim experiences fatigue and irritability in conjunction with the symptoms previously mentioned.  The trauma of the event itself, added to pain and disability, however slight, often creates stress that may linger into the stages of treatment and recovery.

        As the body attempts to adapt to injury, especially in the case of lesser injuries, symptoms may not appear for a number of days or even weeks.  Following an accident, it is recommended in the scientific literature that people receive an examination with or without symptoms.  If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms, the need for evaluation by a doctor of chiropractic is immediate.  If there is an injury, the sooner the proper treatment is received, the person is generally better off in the long term and needs less rehabilitative treatment.

        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, and if you have additional questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us at (719) 574-3700.

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