Many people who suffer from the effects of whiplash are unaware of their injury at the time of the accident. Everyone recognizes the symptoms of a severe whiplash, the type of injury that happens in an automobile accident when the head is snapped in a forward and then backward motion. Few people however realize that even a slight jolt to the neck can result in problems later on. The reason is that so many vital nerves, muscles, and blood vessels are located in the neck that even a minor sudden jolt can cause damage.
It is important to note that almost every person involved in a moving vehicle accident suffers a whiplash injury to some degreee. Recent studies have shown that the normal neck can withstand a forward snapping motion 50 times the force of gravity before producing an injury. However, in the case of a backward rebounding motion only 5 times the force of gravity can be tolerated. An automobile traveling only 25 miles an hour creates 3400 pounds of force. The impact of a crash at this speed will place several tons of force on the victim’s neck.
It is quite common for there to be no discomfort immediately after an accident. When the vertebrae are misaligned after a jolt, it may take some time for the irritation of the nerves caused by the misalignment to become severe enough to produce the symptoms associated with a whiplash injury. These symptoms include headaches, blurred vision, stiffness or pain in the area of the neck, or tingling in the arms and shoulders. Even minor whiplash traumas incurred from everyday slips, falls or sporting accidents may go unnoticed for sometime before symptoms set in.
For these reasons, it is important to visit TOTAL HEALTH CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CLINIC immediately after an injury to the neck, no matter how slight. Through careful monitoring and gentle, corrective chiropractic adjustments, one of our doctors may help you avoid serious neck problems later.