Have you suffered from a whiplash injury? Many people experience whiplash injuries each year. A lot of times people associate whiplash injuries with car accidents. Most car accidents are rear end collisions, each of which vary in severity. Although the mechanism of injury is very important, what we are talking about in regards to a whiplash injury has to do with the fact that the sudden change in speed caused an abnormal movement of the neck which can injure the spine as well as the supporting soft tissues like muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels. Some doctors do not always acknowledge that injuries can occur in a car accident with lower speeds but research today says differently. If you have been injured in an accident, the Vitalign Spine Clinic is here to help.

Most people who suffer a whiplash injury know that they may have injured their neck and need help, while others walk away thinking “yeah it hurts, but it’s not so bad.” We would encourage all people who may have experienced a whiplash injury to be checked by a NUCCA chiropractor. Even though the body may stop expressing a problem using pain after days or weeks, you may still have a structural problem in the spine which will not heal on its own. Here is a list of symptoms a person with a whiplash injury may experience right away or days/weeks later: neck stiffness and pain (difficulty turning head), headaches, pain in the shoulders/upper back causing numbness or tingling into hands and fingers, low back pain, dizziness, blurry vision or ringing in the ears, difficulty focusing and fatigue.

To have success with a whiplash injury it’s important to work with a provider that understands the problem. At the Vitalign Spine Clinic, our doctors are specifically trained to handle injuries of the head and neck using a treatment method called NUCCA. NUCCA chiropractors follow specific protocols that are the most specific at understanding each person’s unique problem as well as correcting that problem. It is important that if you have recently been injured to get your spine checked as soon as possible. The sooner that you start care the less chance you have of developing long term problems.

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