How do I know if I have Whiplash?

If you have been involved in an incident where your head was rapidly moved in violent manner, you may be experiencing signs of “Whiplash.”

What is Whiplash?

“Whiplash” is actually the mechanism of the injury and not a diagnosis itself.  The injury is actually a strain of a group of muscles in the neck and midback region, as well as sprain to the ligaments of the spine in the same region.  Most times the injury has a huge soft tissue component that needs to be addressed.
Common Whiplash Symptoms

  • Headache
  • Jaw Pain
  • Dizziness
  • Stiffness
  • Pain
  • Numbness and tingling

Obviously it is important not to diagnosis yourself, especially since many of these signs can be indicators of other serious medical conditions.  Please seek the care of a qualified medical professional.

How do you develop Whiplash?
Usually it is caused by some degree of trauma, such as a car accident, a slip and fall, or even head banging at a rock concert.  Rapid motions with the head, especially unexpected ones, can lead to “Whiplash.”

What are some common treatments for Whiplash?

  • Soft Collars
  • Range of Motion Exercises
  • Physical Therapy
  • Massage
  • Bed Rest
  • Medication (Muscle Relaxers and Pain Relievers)

How does Dr. Horst treat Whiplash?
Whiplash occurs with trauma as mentioned before; when trauma occurs muscles tear.  This is the single most important fact you can get from this article.  It is not just a joint problem.
Now you must understand how a tear in any muscle heals.  Gaps within muscles and other soft tissues fill up with scar tissue.  This scar tissue is not as flexible and resilient as normal muscle tissue and as a result can tear again easily.  This scar tissue also has a tendency of causing muscles to stick to each other.  This is how the problem can become chronic.
At Horst Chiropractic we focus on a systematic approach to improving the integrity of muscle and joints involved in the accident.

  1. Remove scar tissue from the problematic tissue using Active Release Techniques® (ART®) – “Gold Standard of Soft Tissue Care”
  2. Provide safe, yet effective range of motion and strengthening exercises

Contact us for a consultation!