Why are they called Whiplash Injuries?
A whip due to its length increases the original speed of your wrist flick over 30 times from end to end! Once the speed reaches 770mph it breaks the sounds barrier and creates that famous loud crack whips are known for. In an automobile accident the spine can work similar to a whip thus creating speeds throughout your spine many multiples higher than your original accident. Even a slow, under 20mph, accident can cause serious damage to your spine.
What happens in a Whiplash Injury?
Your spine is supported by many small ligaments like ropes on a bridge. In a motor vehicle accident these ropes develop small tears and can no longer support the spine like they should. This results in lots of swelling and inflammation which then leads to pain and loss of spinal stability.
What can be done for a Whiplash Injury?
Due to the numerous ligament tears throughout the spine, it is important to see a chiropractor. The key is to align the spine and keep this alignment throughout the healing process, so that you can heal correctly and with proper alignment. This can avoid the many lifelong problems that can result from an improper healing process. We all know someone who did not do the proper rehabilitation after an injury and now it has become a lifelong issue even decades after the original injury.
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