Whiplash injuries affect over two million Americans on an annual basis. Whiplash occurs then the head snaps forward and then backward suddenly, commonly as a result of a motor vehicle accident. This type of injury puts tremendous stress and strain on the muscles, ligaments, and vertebrae of the neck. This overstretching of the joints and soft tissues can leave lasting damage behind, even when the incident seemed relatively mild.
Some interesting facts about whiplash:
- A car accident isn’t the only way to get whiplash. Any type of slip or fall has the potential to injure the neck in a similar way, whether it be skiing, horseback riding, or contact sports such as football.
- It does not take much force to incur a whiplash injury. Many whiplash injuries occur as a result of a low-speed car accident – even speeds as slow as 5-10 mph.
- The older you are, the more likely you are to have complications related to your injury. Older people and people with pre-existing neck injuries are more susceptible to experiencing chronic pain after a whiplash injury.
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Even if pain is not felt right away, or if it is mild, there is still a chance that the underlying tissues and vertebrae were affected. In McKinney, TX, whiplash expert Dr. Terry Crowder takes a unique but effective approach to helping people break through the cycle of pain following a whiplash injury. As an upper cervical chiropractor, Dr. Crowder looks for the root cause of the lasting pain. Typically, that root cause is coming from a misalignment of the top bones in the neck that may have occurred as a result of the whiplash injury. Dr. Crowder’s care is aimed at correcting that misalignment to restore normal biomechanics and function to the neck and nervous system, so that the body is able to heal optimally following an injury.
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