Neck pain is an extremely common complaint with many possible causes. Muscles in the neck can be strained from poor posture, from overuse of mobile devices (so-called text-neck) to excessive sitting. Arthritis is also a common cause of neck pain, which is often contributed to “wear-and-tear” of the joints in the neck.1 Neck pain can also follow an accident or injury, as in a whiplash injury from a motor vehicle accident.
Whiplash is an injury to the tissues of the neck as a result of the head going into sudden extension and flexion, as commonly seen in car accidents or sports injuries. Intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, muscles and nerves can all sustain damage as a result of a whiplash injury. This can lead to a host of symptoms, the most obvious of which is neck pain. The neck pain can develop directly after the incident, or it can even be delayed for several days. In addition to neck pain, people with whiplash injuries often experience headaches, dizziness, cognitive issues, and sleep disturbances as well.2
The most common approach to whiplash treatment includes medications to address the pain, inflammation, and muscle spasm. The neck is sometimes immobilized for 2 to 3 weeks with a cervical collar.2 Physical therapy, range of motion exercises, and cervical traction may also be recommended.
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The missing link to traditional whiplash treatment is a failure to check the underlying spinal structure for any misalignments, or subluxations, that may have occurred as a result of the accident. In his McKinney, TX upper cervical chiropractic clinic, neck pain specialist Dr. Terry Crowder analyses the alignment of the vertebrae of the neck, particularly of the upper 2 bones. A misalignment in this area can disturb normal neurological function, which may obstruct or delay the normal healing process. By gently realigning the top two vertebrae in the neck, the rest of the affected tissues are able to begin to heal naturally. An upper cervical check-up is an important step for people recovering from a whiplash injury. Without normal alignment of the underlying structure, the rest of the structures of the neck are unable to heal fully and properly.
- Mayo Clinic. Neck pain symptoms. [homepage on the Internet]. 2012 [cited 2015 Jul 3]. Available from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/basics/symptoms/con-20028772
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Whiplash information page. [homepage on the Internet]. 2015 [cited 2015 Jul 3]. Available from: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/whiplash/whiplash.htm
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