Unfortunately, if you have been involved in an auto accident, you may have suffered serious injuries and sometimes symptoms of an injury sustained in a car accident can take weeks or even months to manifest. Symptoms from a car accident and whiplash can include anything from radiating pain into the shoulder, elbow pain, wrist pain or hand pain, lower back pain, headaches, jaw pain and more.
Injuries from Whiplash Trauma
Whiplash injuries can manifest themselves in a wide variety of way including, but not limited to: neck pain, headaches, fatigue, upper back pain, shoulder pain, and low back pain. Additionally, it is important to consider the numerous factors which play a role into the overall whiplash trauma, such as direction of impact, speed of the vehicles involved, the use of a seatbelt and whether or not air bags deployed. More factors not related to the trauma itself can impact symptoms. For example: gender, age and physical condition of the driver and passengers, can influence the severity of symptoms.
A number of conditions those who have suffered from whiplash trauma experience include:
Neck pain is the single most common concern reported by our patients who have experienced whiplash trama. Often the pain radiates across the shoulders, up into the head, and down between the shoulder blades. Whiplash injuries tend to affect all of the tissues in the neck, including the facet joints and discs between the vertebrae, as well as all of the muscles, ligaments and nerves.
Disc injury is also a common cause of neck pain, especially chronic pain. The outer wall of the disc can be torn during a whiplash trauma.
After neck pain, headaches are the second most common concern from those suffering from whiplash injury. While some headaches are actually the result of direct brain injury, most are related to injury of the muscles, ligaments and facet joints of the cervical spine, which refer pain to the head.
A less common, but very debilitating disorder that results from whiplash, is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. TMJ usually begins as pain along with clicking and popping noises in the jaw during movement. Our Saratoga Springs, NY chiropractors at Turning Point Chiropractic are specially trained to treat TMJ problems. If we think you need additional care, we will refer you to a TMJ specialist outside our Saratoga Springs, NY chiropractic clinic.
Lower back pain
Most people consider whiplash to be an injury of the neck. However, the lower back is also commonly injured as well. In fact, low back pain is found in more than half of rear impact-collisions in which injury was reported, and almost three-quarters of all side-impact crashes. This is mostly due to the fact that the low back still experiences a tremendous compression.
Healing from an Auto Accident
With proper care, many mild injuries heal within six to nine months. Auto accidents are a unique condition that requires the expertise of a skilled health professional specially trained to work with these types of injuries. The most effective treatment for whiplash injuries is a combination of chiropractic care and rehabilitation of the soft tissues .
Chiropractic care utilizes manual manipulation of the spine to restore the normal movement and position of the spinal vertebrae. It is by far, the single-most effective treatment for minimizing the long-term impact of whiplash injuries, especially when coupled with massage therapy, trigger point therapy, exercise rehabilitation, Active Release Techniques and other soft tissue rehabilitation modalities offered by the Saratoga Springs chiropractors at Turning Point Chiropractic.