Car Accidents and Whiplash

Whiplash and Chiropractic

Since opening my chiropractic office in Columbia, Missouri, I have noticed an overwhelming amount of auto accidents around town (this could be because of the average age of our driving population). Whether the accident happened at high speeds on I-70 or simply moving 5-25 mph on a side street downtown or on Stadium, car accidents produce an incredible amount of stress on the spine and brain stem, damaging ligaments, joints, and other soft tissues. Neck and head injuries are the most common type of injuries during these accidents. Whiplash is the term for the mechanism of a person’s head and neck being violently forced forward and backward in opposite directions, creating a whip-like motion. Most people correlate whiplash with only auto accidents, and while these are typically most severe, whiplash can also happen from falling, particularly in sporting activities. It is important to receive care immediately after an auto accident, fall, or sports injury because the more time that passes, the more the injured state “sets in” untreated. Most common injuries seen with whiplash:

  • Neck Pain
  • Headache, especially at the base of the skull
  • Neck Stiffness
  • Back Pain
  • Pain shooting down arms or back
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Forgetfulness

Many different injuries can occur from auto accidents, work injuries, falls, or sporting activities and it is important to have a doctor of chiropractic perform a thorough exam to ensure the health of your body and spine. At times an X-ray will be performed to ensure the integrity of the auto injury victim’s structural system. With the thorough exam and images, chiropractors can develop an effective treatment plan for the condition present. Chiropractors are specialists who can pinpoint the underlying problem creating pain and perform comfortable and skilled procedures to correct these problems.