Most of the whiplash cases we see here at Live Oak Chiropractic improve with chiropractic care after starting out with uncomfortable pain and symptoms.
If you are struggling with one or more of the following, you may be experiencing recurring symptoms of whiplash:
1. Loss of consciousness- the longer the worse the outcomes.
3. Fractures or dislocations- some of which may require surgical intervention.
Even these severe cases have better prognoses the sooner after the accident they get adjusted.
The longer it's been since the auto accident, the worse the pain might get. At Live Oak Chiropractic, we believe that by ignoring the signs and symptoms, we simply are inviting more pain to come later. Seemingly spontaneous onset of of symptoms such as frozen shoulder, numbness and tingling of extremities and limited ranges of motion can often be traced back to a whiplash that happened many years prior.
Having seen this happen over and over again, I implore you to receive chiropractic care as soon after an auto accident as possible.
Regardless what the insurance companies may want you to believe, you do not need to be in a high velocity accident to have ligamentous damage. Low velocity automobile accidents cases can be equally disruptive.
Q: Why do we need a chiropractor after whiplash if it will probably go away on it's own?
A: Ligamentous damage may cause symptom relief right away. More often it may be delayed for several days to experience symptoms. After some time, many people experience discomfort such as loss of motion, headaches, low grade pain. This may be ignored only to result in difficult cases years later. A straightening of the normal physiologic curve in our necks will end up in an arthritic (degenerative joint disease) condition in the future. Early signs of degeneration can been found with modern imaging within 48 hours of a whiplash.
Q: How serious can an auto accident be?
A: When you are stopped in traffic and your head is turned to one side, and you do not see the vehicle coming, a rear end collision of 25 mph and little vehicular damage can cause more damage than a 50 mph accident with a crumpled rear end and the driver bracing for impact. Think of it as where the force is transferred to. In the first example the force is not muted by the car, but rather passed on to the victim. The head weighs as much as a bowling ball and when unguarded and prestressed by having it rotated - a jarring impact even without the brutal whipping motion can be devastating.