David J BenEliyahu, DC FICC DABCSP
Coram Selden Chiropractic Office
Whiplash is a neck and spine injury most typically caused by a rear end collision in a Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA). It can be caused by other things as well such as a blow to the head, a sports injury, or a slip and fall. The mechanism by which the injury occurs is a rapid back and forth stretch to the structures of the neck and/or back that includes the joints, muscles, ligaments, nerves and intervertebral discs. It doesn’t take a lot of force or high speeds for an injury to occur. Many low impact collisions such as 5-10 MPH can cause injury as well. Older people and those already with a spine problem are most at risk for serious whiplash injury.
Symptoms sometimes show up immediately, and sometimes there can be a lag in the development of symptoms. Typical symptoms after an injury can include neck pain, neck stiffness, headaches, dizziness, shoulder pain, back pain, numbness of the extremities, visual disturbances, and tinnitus. Concussion is also possible, and can cause symptoms of blurry vison, concentration issues, memory dysfunction, vertigo, balance disturbance, anxiety and depression. Concussion can occur with or without hitting your head.
If your symptoms are not going away or are getting worse, you should be evaluated at the Coram Selden Chiropractic Office with a physical and neurologic examination. We would order x-rays and/or MRI imaging, to determine the extent of your injuries, and what the best course of therapy would be.
Treatment we offer includes chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, and medical care. Call to make an appointment: (631)736-4414