A common condition associated with auto accident injuries is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the head and neck snap back and forth very quickly. The painful result is injury to the ligaments, soft tissues, neck, and lower back.
Many people mistakenly believe that automobiles must be traveling at high rates of speed for whiplash to occur. But, whiplash can ensue at very low speeds and have been known to even result from cars accelerating from a complete stop just several feet away!
Chiropractors suggest that people are generally unaware that an automobile accident is imminent, so they don’t have the opportunity to brace themselves for one or take steps to avoid it. Even if they were able to brace themselves, the energy from the force of the collision alone is enough to cause varying degrees of whiplash.
In addition, many chiropractors assert that automobile accidents appearing to be minor in scope can have a major impact on your health. In fact, the amount of damage to your automobile bears little relation to the force applied to your spine. Believe it or not, some auto accident injuries are hidden and seldom detected for weeks, months, or even years. When the painful effects eventually surface, they can be overwhelming and make you feel as if your automobile accident happened the very same day!
Chiropractors recommend a variety of treatments, including chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, functional rehabilitation, therapeutic massage, and interferential electrical stimulation to effectively alleviate the painful effects of whiplash, enabling patients to resume normal activities over time. To save time and maximize the efficacy of treatment, it is further advised that patients seek out chiropractors who offer all these modalities. One important thing to keep in mind is the “14 Day Rule” – you must be seen within 14 days of the accident for your auto insurance to cover your medical benefits!