Accidents cause spinal misalignments which is a serious condition that alters structure, bones, ligaments and discs. Whiplash is a term applied to injuries when the neck is suddenly jolted back and forth and side to side past its normal range of motion. This injury is most commonly seen from car or motor vehicle accidents but can also still occur from other incidents such as sport or work related. Whiplash affects the muscles and tissues in your back and neck. The ligaments of those areas can tear which is called a sprain that can potentially lead to a disc herniation. The ligaments and tissues in that critical area are what holds the spine together.
You do not need to be in a serious motor accident to experience pain or damage to the musculoskeletal system. Speeds as slow as 5mph can still knock the cervical spine out of alignment causing a painful whiplash injury. Those who endure a “minor” accident typically don’t or delay seeking treatment which can potentially lead to a lifetime of health problems.
Whiplash symptoms may appear anywhere from a few days to a few months after the accident. It is crucial to begin spinal manipulations as soon as possible in order to maintain spinal alignment or work on improving it since the accident. Even if pain or discomfort is not felt immediately following the accident does not mean that ligaments and/or muscles were not torn. Hence the need for adjustments and chiropractic care directly after the accident. Unfortunately for the people that don’t feel hurt right after the accident don’t feel the need for chiropractic care, but end up having more serious complications develop, some of which the damage becomes permanent.
Symptoms of Accident Injuries and Whip lash