Whiplash

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While an automobile is built to take a slow 8 to 10 mph low impact crash, that is not necessarily true for your body.

The most common injury suffered in a low impact rear-end car accident collision is whiplash. It is a soft tissue injury caused by rapid acceleration or deceleration resulting in a snapping of the neck back and forth. This in turn causes the spine to travel beyond its normal limits.

The muscles and ligaments supporting the spine may then become torn, and the spinal discs may bulge, tear, or rupture.

The nerve roots in the neck can get stretched and irritated.

If you've suffered whiplash in an auto accident or similar collision, contact Dr. Holcombe of Jefferson Spine and Injury Center in Arlington, VA for a Free Whiplash Injury Evaluation today.

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Symptoms of Whiplash

Signs You Experienced Whiplash

Whiplash symptoms are not always apparent at the time of the accident.

The most common whiplash symptoms occur in the days following an impact.

They usually occur within 24-48 hours.

Your neck and back muscles may begin to feel stiff and sore due to the stretching and tearing of your muscles and ligaments as inflammation sets in.

For others, it may take weeks or months AFTER the accident to experience symptoms:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder/arm pain
  • Low back pain and stiffness
  • Tingling or numbness in the arm, wrist or hand
  • Muscle spasm
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears or blurred vision
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue
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Common Causes of Whiplash

What Led to Your Whiplash?

The most common causes of whiplash include:

  • (especially rear-end collisions)
  • Sports injuries
  • Slip and fall
  • Neck trauma
  • Physical abuse

Untreated whiplash can cause longterm aches and pains.

However, if taken care of immediately, whiplash pain can be alleviated in a few weeks with exceptional care from Jefferson Spine and Injury Center.

Common causes of whiplash
 

Whiplash Treatment

Most Effective Treatment for Whiplash

For exceptional, and effective whiplash treatment, it is recommended to receive chiropractic treatments combined with the following:

  • Physical medicine modality procedures (e.g. muscle stimulation)
  • Ultrasound
  • Laser therapy
  • Physical rehabilitation (supervised stretching and strengthening exercises)
  • Massage therapy
  • Manual therapies ( e.g. myofascial release, acupressure, and trigger point therapy)
  • Spinal traction

Even if you are not currently in pain, there nevertheless may be underlying and hidden damage to your spinal column.

This may not manifest itself as a serious impairment of bodily function for months or even years.

A visit to Jefferson Spine & Injury Center may end up saving you years of grief and unrelenting pain.

Insurance companies realize the many advantages of chiropractic care and your treatment is fully covered under the Medical Expense Payment Benefit / "Med-Pay" and/or Personal Injury Protection / "PIP" portion of your auto insurance policy

You have chiropractic coverage no matter who is at fault. 

It does not matter whether you were the driver, a passenger, or a pedestrian.

Rest assured, if you have a claim number - you have a doctor!

We will submit the necessary insurance paperwork and file it with the appropriate insurance company so you can concentrate on healing from your injuries.

 

Effects of Whiplash on the Neck

 

Normal Neck Curve

Near Normal Neck Curve

Notice the normal forward curve of the neck. This curve helps absorb shock. Notice how each of the disc spaces between C2 (second bone in neck) and C7 are thick and even, this again is normal. The front portions (right side on the x-ray) of each of the vertebrae (called the 'body' of the vertebrae) are fairly square with well-defined borders. This type of arrangement is normal in the neck.

Moderate Whiplash

Moderate Whiplash

Whiplash typically results in a loss or change in the normal curve in the spine due to severe muscle spasm or tightness following an accident. On this example you can see that the normal forward (lordotic) curve is lost. This spine even has developed a reverse curve in the neck. The disc spaces have also begun to exhibit a slight change in shap

Arthritis in the Neck

Arthritis in the Neck

As previously mentioned the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine and may then become torn, and the spinal discs may bulge, tear, or rupture. The nerve roots in the neck can get stretched and irritated. Few people realize that if left untreated, the formation of scar tissue can result in chronic pain and even lead to early degenerative changes in the spine arthritis.

 

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Whiplash

I am a patient in this office, and if I could give them a 10 star rating I would. This is one of the most professional doctor’s office I have ever gone in to. Their exam process is very detailed and organized and they are constantly explaining what’s the next step throughout the process. They are also a good resource for the insurance med pay coverage and claim process. However, the most important part of the visit was I left feeling better than I did before I got there.
Rodney, L.
Patient
Dr.Holcombe is EXCELLENT! If you ever have back pain for whatever reason, car accident or etc., I highly recommend her. The customer service that she and her staff provides has not been matched for me. I was in a car accident in mid July 2013, (major rear end) and I was referred to a rehab therapist in DC. I just was not feeling any relief from the pain after a few weeks. I happen to be in Costco and a gentleman could actually see the pain in my face and referred me to Dr. Holcombe's office which was a Blessing.
Mykia W.
Patient
Dr. Holcombe is the best chiropractor in the area. I had the pleasure to be under her care as my chiropractor when I was involved in a serious car accident. From the first appointment I was treated with respect and felt cared for with a warmth and charisma I have not experience before. She makes you feel at ease and makes sure to listen to all of your symptoms which she explains the reasons for and addresses during therapy.
Rose L.
Patient

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