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Whiplash or WAD (whiplash associated disorders) refers to a neck injury where the normal range of motion is exceeded. This motion results in injury to the soft-tissues. There are many faces of whiplash, meaning the degree of injury can range from non to catastrophic depending on many factors; some of which are difficult or impossible to identify or calculate.
Investigations have shown that there are changes in the muscle and muscle function in the neck and shoulder regions in chronic WAD patients. Symptoms often include balance problems, as well as increased sensitivity to a variety of stimuli such as pressure, light vibration and temperature. The hypersensitivity not only occurs in the injured area, but also in areas away from the neck such as the front of the lower leg or the shin bone.
Studies have shown it’s best to avoid prolonged inactivity and cervical collars unless under a doctor’s orders. It’s also a good idea to gradually introduce exercises aimed at improving range of motion, postural endurance and motor control provided doing so keeps the patient within reasonable pain boundaries. Chiropractic manipulation restores movement in fixed or stuck joints in the back and neck and has been found to help significantly with neck pain and headaches, particularly for patients involved in motor vehicle collisions. We realize you have a choice in whom you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our service for those needs.