Whiplash and Chiropractic
You’re sitting in your car minding your own business, stopped at a light, and WHAM! Some idiot slams into you from behind—you are rear-ended. Your head snaps or “whips” backward and forwards. You got a whiplash.
Hopefully, you don’t have any broken bones or cuts, but something is still not right. Your head isn’t on straight, your body is misaligned, your nerves are “pinched,” your neck is not right, your muscles and joints are crying in pain.
By the way, it doesn’t have to be a car accident— whiplash injuries can occur from sports collisions and other forms of trauma. Some terrible whiplash accidents are sideways—when a car passenger had turned to look at the driver, so they received a sideways or lateral whiplash. Because all of our body parts are connected in many complicated ways, a whiplash injury may cause or intensify lower back pain, leg, hip, and pelvic pain.
To make things a little more interesting, whiplash symptoms may not occur immediately after the accident but may take a day or so to show up. When they show up, you’ll know it.
For Your Health,
Dr. Scott Van Dam