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Whiplash Injuries

  • Whiplash injuries of the head and neck are caused by a sudden exaggerated thrust of the head backward, forward, and sometimes sideways.  
  • Abnormal forces are applied to muscles, ligaments, nerves, bones, intervertebral discs, and blood vessels as the head moves beyond normal physiological limits.  
  • While motor vehicle accidents are a common cause of whiplash injuries, trauma can be sustained from sports or falls as well. 
  • Symptoms of whiplash injuries include pain and stiffness in the neck, upper back and shoulders.  Headaches and sensory abnormalities may also result.  
  • Symptoms may appear directly afterwards, but are often not felt until days after the injury.  This is especially true for low speed auto accidents.  
  • The Quebec Task Force (the leading authority on whiplash injuries) recommends the following treatments for whiplash injuries where no bones are broken: manipulation, mobilization and range of motion exercises for the affected joint complexes.  
If you have been in a car accident, don't wait until you are in excruciating pain, call Proactive Chiropractic and get immediate treatment.  

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