The most common cause of whiplash injuries are primarily sustained whilst sitting in a stationary vehicle. The sudden impact from a moving vehicle coming into contact with a stationary vehicle forces your body, restrained by the seatbelt, one way and your head, unrestrained by a seatbelt, in the opposite direction. This action is repeated until the impact of the collision has subsided. The body is pushed beyond its limits. There are many other causes for whiplash such as getting dumped in the surf, contact sport such as rugby, falls.
Injuries may not be apparent right away. The damage can consist of torn ligaments, nerves, tendons and muscles or damage to the spinal curve.
You may experience pain in your arms and hands by way of numbness or tingling, or you may experience some lower back pain and headaches following whiplash trauma.
Chiropractors help to restore proper function of spinal bones and assist in the healing process. Delay in seeking care for whiplash can result in scar tissue and spinal instability.
Chiropractic should be a major consideration for whiplash injuries.