CHIROPRACTIC & WHIPLASH
“There is consistent evidence for hypersensitivity of the central nervous system to sensory stimulation in chronic pain after whiplash injury.” — Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Often referred to as acceleration-deceleration injury, whiplash is a very common source of neck pain and disability. Whiplash injuries are most commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents, but can also be caused by any impact involving aggressive shaking or back-and-forth movement of the head and neck.
Whiplash injuries most commonly affect structures associated with the head and neck, specifically, the spine, muscles, ligaments, intervertebral discs, spinal cord, cranial nerves, brainstem, and skull bones. Injury to nerves and blood vessels in the surrounding areas can be involved as well.
In some cases the pain caused by whiplash is localized to the neck, while in other cases, the pain can radiate to other regions of the body, causing headaches, upper back pain, shoulder pain, or even arm pain, tingling, and numbness. The long-term consequences of uncorrected whiplash injury can result in semi-permanent, and even permanent damage, to the ligaments, joints, muscles, discs, and nerves involved in the injury.
Care following an accident or injury will vary, depending on the circumstances under which the injury occurred, as well as the type and severity of the injury. At Scott Family Chiropractic, we utilize a holistic approach to health care and to pain relief. Our clinic ensures that each new patient who comes into our clinic undergoes a thorough health history, a description of their accident, a detailed spinal examination, a nervous system evaluation, and any other necessary diagnostic testing, prior to beginning chiropractic care with us. From there, we will determine what areas of the body have been impacted by the accident, and an individualized program of care that best suits the patient's health needs will be recommended.
Dr. Scott has received additional training in Functional Neurology from the NeuroLife Institute in Marietta, Georgia. This has provided him with additional knowledge of concussion injuries and rehabilitation. Patients who have experienced concussion or whiplash injuries will be assessed and treated on an individual basis. The process of helping patients with brain injury is one of the most rewarding things we do in the clinic. We welcome anyone who may have experienced a concussion or whiplash injury, to reach out to us to have their questions answered.