To those who think fender benders don’t cause serious injuries, think again. Majority of those involved in minor car accidents didn’t realize they were injured until much later, after they sought treatment from their chiropractor in Perth. Dr Jay Lipoff, a seasoned practitioner and author in the United States, writes about the consequences of letting a case of whiplash go unchecked.
If left untreated or uncorrected, resultant adaptive changes will occur in the architecture of the spine. The soft tissue and bones of the neck will cause pain, muscles will become fibrotic or less pliable, scarring will develop in the tendons and ligaments and there will be degenerative changes in the spine.
There is no arguing the accuracy of science when it comes to determining how harmful a fender bender could be. If a vehicle weighing approximately 1,500 kilos sustains damage at a certain velocity, how much more for the soft tissue in your neck and spine? In addition, being prepared for the impact will make all the difference in the severity of the injury.
The impact to the driver is 2.5 times greater than the force to the vehicle itself. So whatever damage you see to the vehicle, realize the force to your body was 2.5 times greater…
Additionally, being unaware of the impending impact will lead to much worse damage than if you were braced for impact found an article in The Spine Journal 2003 about Whiplash research.
Pain in the neck
Whiplash is a neck injury caused by the sudden backward and forward movement of the head after an accident or a fall. Symptoms include pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and back, difficulty in turning the head, and sometimes headaches. Treatment centres such as Perth Chiropractic Care can take care of whiplash cases as well as other spine ailments and injuries.
Better than a pound of cure
There are precautions that can be taken to prevent severe neck and back injuries in vehicles. First, fasten your seat belt as long as you are inside the vehicle. Second, position the car’s headrest to stop your neck from hyperextending or arching backwards. Lastly, pay your experienced Perth chiropractor a visit after an accident, whether or not you feel any pain. It’s much better to be safe than severely sore.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Whiplash: why treatment may help avoid years of pain, TheBayNet.com, 14 August 2014)