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Overview of Whiplash

Whiplash is a term used to describe an injury to the soft tissue (e.g., muscles, ligaments, tendons) in the neck. Whiplash injury, also called neck strain, neck sprain, cervical sprain, or cervical strain, can occur when a sudden force (e.g., a car accident) causes forward, backward, or sideways movement of the head that is beyond the normal range of motion, or from a sudden jolt.

The neck, or cervical spine, is comprised of seven bones (called vertebrae) and is part of the spinal column. The vertebrae are separated by gel-like cushions (intervertebral discs) and are held together by ligaments, which are attached to muscles by tendons. Whiplash injury involves damage (i.e., stretching or tearing) to these muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The term whiplash is not used to describe additional injuries such as a fractured vertebra, a herniated disc, or a head injury.

Causes and Risk Factors for Whiplash

The most common cause for whiplash is a motor vehicle accident. Whiplash injury often results from a rear-end collision, but it can occur as a result of a collision in any direction. The speed of the car and the extent of car damage do not determine the risk for neck injury. Whiplash can occur even at speeds of 15 mph.

In a collision, drivers and passengers are at increased risk if the headrest is not positioned at the correct height. To reduce the risk for whiplash, the top of the headrest should be just below the top of the head and seatbelts with shoulder straps should be worn.

Other causes for whiplash injury include the following:

  • Amusement park rides (e.g., roller coasters)
  • Assault (i.e., being punched, shoved, or shaken)
  • Falls or slips
  • Sudden straining to lift or pull a heavy object also can cause a whiplash-type injury.

The elderly and patients who have chronic conditions that affect the neck (e.g., arthritis) are at increased risk for sustaining a whiplash injury. Infants and young children often experience whiplash as a result of being shaken ("shaken baby syndrome"). People who participate in sports-related activities, especially contact sports such as football, are at increased risk for neck injuries, including whiplash.

Signs and Symtoms of Whiplash 

Signs of whiplash occur in response to soft tissue (e.g., muscle, ligament, tendon) damage. Common symptoms include neck pain, tenderness, stiffness, and headache. Symptoms can occur immediately following the injury (may indicate more severe damage), or can develop several hours to days later. Pain, which may be mild at first, may worsen 12–72 hours after the injury.

Additional symptoms that may develop with a whiplash injury include the following:

  • Abnormal sensations (e.g., numbness, tingling, prickling)
  • Back pain
  • Cognitive changes (e.g., difficulty concentrating, memory loss, irritability)
  • Dizziness (vertigo)
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain that radiates from the neck into the shoulders and arms
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Swelling in the neck area
  • Vision changes (e.g., blurred vision)
  • Weakness

Most patients recover from whiplash within 3 months. In some cases, patients develop depression or experience difficulty sleeping that may require treatment. Activities of daily living and work-related activities also be affected. Studies have shown that about 18 percent of patients experience related symptoms (e.g., chronic neck pain) as long as 2 years after a whiplash injury.

 

By Stephanie Earls, The Colorado Gazette
April 14, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Chiropractic   health   spine   posture   joints   muscle   sitting  
 
 
Chiropractors know that mom was right all along when she told us to "stand up straight." But now there's empirical evidence to give even more weight to her command. Good posture is essential to mental as well as physical health, keeping bones and joints aligned while boosting confidence. In fact, posture has been shown to have a greater influence on a person's feelings of power than his or her job title or position. 
 
 
In a 2012 Harvard study, participants who spent a few minutes in private "power posing" performed better in high-stakes mock meetings and interviews.  Slouching one's shoulders, not surprisingly, may have the opposite effect, lowering self-esteem. 
 
Source:
"Posture, power and health can be defined by the spine," by Stephanie Earls, The Colorado Gazette, November 26, 2013.
By To your Health
May 13, 2013
Category: To Your Health
Tags: Chiropractic   Chiropractor   Wellness   joints   spring   vaccinate   exercise  

 

Spring Into Action: Clean Out the Pantry

Most of us think of our closets when we talk about spring cleaning. But what about our pantry and fridge? Because our diet does drastically change from winter time into the warmer months, cleaning out our pantry and fridge during the spring time is a good habit to pick up. The key things to think about for a fridge and pantry clean up are your health goals. Read More

 

 

Take Care of Your Joints

Many of my patients in my integrative clinic in San Jose, CA come to see me regarding their joint aches and pains. If it's not the joint itself then it's the tendons and soft tissue around the joint that is bothering them. If you think about it, these little joints keep us active and functional. They go through a lot on a daily basis just to keep us up...Read More

 

Eat Fish, Live Longer

We all know eating fish has a number of benefits, but what if we told you it can also help you live longer? That is what many researchers have found after doing numerous studies. According to a new study, eating fish could potentially slash an older person's risk of dying prematurely by more than a quarter, and their risk of dying from heart disease by...Read More

 

 

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate? Information You Need to Know

Barbara Loe Fisher has been a diligent advocate for providing parents with the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding the usage of vaccinations for their children. Her lifetime work has paved the way to bring discussion to the safety and efficacy of so many chemicals that have become mainstream in today's pediatric population. With...Read More

 

5 Awesome Ab Exercises to Tone and Tighten Your Core

You can flaunt your toned arms and legs, defined back and shoulders, and tight chest muscles all day long, but if your abdominal area is flabby, pudgy or otherwise unfit, you're not going to impress anyone – first of all yourself. That's because a toned, tightened, attractive core is just that – the core of what makes people say, "Wow, you're really in...Read More

 

Ward off Diabetes With Walnuts

Incorporating nuts into your diet is essential and diabetes is one thing you are fearful of, then eating one particular kind of nut can help - walnuts. This is especially true for women, according to new research. Eating walnuts may reduce the risk for Type 2 diabetes in women, a large new study concluded. Read More

 

 

By Romo Chiropractic | Modesto Chiropractor
July 10, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Chiropractic   Chiropractor   kids   children   health   child   growing pain   bones   joints  

You may have been awakened in the night by your 5-year-old child crying from the pain in her legs that seems to have appeared out of nowhere. This condition, usually referred to as “growing pains” (despite having nothing much to do with the growth process), is relatively common.

Growing pains normally appear in approximately 25% to 45% of children, both boys and girls, and usually show up within two age ranges: between 3 and 5, and between 8 and 12. Though it is such a common condition, surprisingly little is known about what it really is and what causes it.

There is no evidence that growing bones cause growing pains. The bones and joints are generally not the reported source of the pain, but rather the muscles of the legs (and sometimes the arms). Most children report feeling pain that originates in front of their thighs, in their calves, and sometimes behind their knees. There are no outward signs of inflammation, such as warm, red, swollen and tender joints, but the pain can range from mild to excruciating.

One theory is that the pain is due to the normal active running and jumping that most children do every day. Symptoms most often show up in the late afternoon or just before bed, when sore and tired muscles may begin to make themselves known. Sometimes the pain will even wake the child from sleep, though the pain is normally gone by morning. Poor posture and emotional upset have also been linked with some cases of growing pains, but this is not the case in all children.

There is no particular cure for growing pains, and children with the condition may experience it on and off for a few years. There are, however, a few things you can do to help ease the pain. Massaging the child’s legs and getting them to do some stretches has been shown to be effective. A warm bath or heating pad also helps to relax sore muscles, and if the pain is bad you can try a dose of acetaminophen. By the time your child reaches his or her teenage years, the growing pains should vanish naturally.

As pain in the legs may be caused by other conditions, such as arthritis or an infection, if your child has a limp, fever, swelling, or is not able to walk and play normally, you should take him or her to a doctor to rule out other possible causes.