Whiplash and injuries resulting from Car accidents:
Whiplash injuries, also known as cervical acceleration deceleration trauma (CAD trauma) and cervical flexion/extension injuries commonly result for motor vehicle accidents. Whiplash is a sprain/strain injury partially due to the fact that muscles do not have enough time to brace the neck before a sudden impact. Muscles become strained when they suddenly tighten as a protective mechanism to keep the head from moving too far forward and/or back. The impact may also stretch, sprain or tear the ligaments that support the neck and may even result in disc herniations and radiculopathy. Whiplash can result in pain and stiffness in the neck and may radiate to the upper back and to one or both arms. Other symptoms commonly caused from motor vehicle accidents include: numbness, headaches, temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ), dizziness, memory loss and anxiety. Motor vehicle accidents can also cause sprain and strain injuries to the lower back, shoulders, elbows and wrists.
Symptoms may begin immediately after the car accident but commonly worsen over the next day to week. Chiropractors are specifically trained in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions such as whiplash and other automobile accident related injuries. Therapies such as ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, traction and massage may be performed to address the muscle tightness or hypertonicity, sometimes referred to as muscle spasms. Spinal adjustments such as Cox flexion distraction, may be necessary to address any misalignments, subluxations or loss of movement that is present. Rehabilitation exercises may be prescribed to strengthen any weakness of the injured muscles and to help support spine.
At Chiropractic Care in Homewood and Chiropractic Care Millennium Park in Chicago we accept Medical Payment, called MedPay, from your car insurance policy.