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What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury that happens when there’s a sudden strain to the muscles, nerves and bones in the neck.

It’s been reported that over one million people suffer from Whiplash each year. Although Whiplash most often occurs during an auto accident, it can also happen from a sports injury, bungee jumping or other activities that involve violent head shaking.

It is a relatively common injury that occurs to a person’s neck following a sudden acceleration-deceleration force that causes unrestrained, rapid forward and backward movement of the head and neck, most commonly from motor vehicle accidents. The term “whiplash” was first used in 1928. The term “railway spine” was used to describe a similar condition that was common in persons involved in train accidents prior to 1928. The term “whiplash injury” describes damage to both the bone structures and soft tissues, while “whiplash associated disorders” describes a more severe and chronic condition.

Fortunately, whiplash is typically not a life threatening injury, but it can lead to a prolonged period of partial disability. There are significant economic expenses related to whiplash that can reach 30 billion dollars a year in the United States, including:

  • medical care,
  • disability,
  • sick leave,
  • lost productivity, and
  • litigation.

While most people involved in minor motor vehicle accidents recover quickly without any chronic symptoms, some continue to experience symptoms for years after the injury.

Don’t Wait to Get Examined

Whiplash pain doesn’t always show up right away. The thought, “If I don’t have pain right away, I’m O.K.” is a myth. Whiplash injuries can be so slight, at first you don’t even know you are injured, or extremely severe with multiple broken bones. Regardless whether or not there was any damage to the car.

The Truth… Even if you feel normal after an accident, with no symptoms, you should be thoroughly examined. Symptoms can be delayed for days, and in some cases may not surface for years. Worse, whiplash can still be causing symptoms some five years, and in the long run, can cause secondary problems such as osteoarthritis and premature disc degeneration. This delay in symptoms and the long-term consequences make it very important to get examined after any accident, especially if you want insurance to cover the care required to get well.

Statistically significant improvement was noted for 93% of the 28 whiplash patients studied while under chiropractic care in the landmark Woodward Study.

We at Living Well Bainbridge have experience helping individuals suffering from symptoms of a whiplash injury. Make an appointment or call today if you or your loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms. We can help. (206) 842-4929.

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Living Well Bainbridge
200 Winslow Way West Suite 200
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 842-4929