Whether minor or not, if you have been involved in an automobile collision you should consult with a chiropractor on potential side effects. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries associated with automobile collisions, and if left untreated can lead to further problems. Dr. Mark Godfrey at Godfrey Chiropractic in West Hartford has a Master’s Certification in whiplash trauma along with over 13 years of treating soft tissue and neuro-musculoskeletal injuries.
What is whiplash? As your body moves forward in a collision and the head follows, your neck undergoes abnormal stress, tearing muscles and ligaments. These cannot always be detected on an x-ray; however a loss of normal curve to the neck can be seen.
It is very common for people to disregard the symptoms of whiplash as just common neck or back pain. Whiplash symptoms also include headaches, arm pain, and tingling or numbness in the head, arms or hands. Most whiplash injuries occur at speeds below 12 mph, with a threshold for cervical spine soft tissue injury at 5 mph.
A delay in the onset of symptoms is the norm rather than the exception. Up to 10% of victims of whiplash become totally disabled. If left untreated early on and appropriately, long-term medical follow up may become necessary and expensive.
Appropriate diagnosis and the proper chiropractic treatment is necessary to decrease and eliminate the neck and back pain associated with whiplash or other spine related injuries.
Whiplash damage can be reversible with the right form of chiropractic care. Call Dr. Godfrey at West Hartford Godfrey Chiropractic today for a FREE initial consultation.