After an accident, the physical effects are not always immediately present due to shock. Even serious injuries may take several days to present themselves. As the body is jarred, or thrown forward unexpectedly, and beyond the normal range of motion, any part of the body can sustain stretched ligaments and even tears. Chiropractic care is an effective form of treatment after being involved in a motor vehicle collision whether mild or major. Chiropractors are trained in treating the musculoskeletal system and in recognizing common injuries associated with car accidents. Treatment immediately following a car accident and continued treatment for maintaining structural health has been proven to decrease the risk of long-term problems.
Whiplash occurs when the head snaps in a sudden motion back and forth after the car is impacted from an accident. This is most often the result of an automobile accident where the car is rear-ended. Whiplash is also known as cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) trauma. The trauma is described as a cervical acceleration/deceleration of CAD. This refers to the rapid movements associated with whiplash which can cause substantial damage to the vertebrae, nerves, discs, muscles, and ligaments of your neck and spine.
Damage in the neck resulting from whiplash can become chronic over time if not treated which can interrupt a victim’s quality of life. Chiropractors are one of the standard practices to visit when sustaining whiplash. This is because the spinal adjustments, spinal decompression, and soft tissue therapies are all beneficial for treatment. The techniques used in chiropractic care can treat whiplash for the following reasons after sustaining the injury:
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