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How does Whiplash happen?
While stopped at an intersection sitting in your car, you suddenly hear the screeching of tires behind you followed by the sound of crunching metal. In the split second before you can brace for the impact, you feel the car lurch forward, as your head hits the headrest. If this sounds familiar, it is likely that you are a victim of a car accident. What you do in the next few hours, days, and weeks can have a permanent effect on your health following an auto accident!
Upon impact, your body compresses into the seat and ramps up the seat. The muscles in your neck haven't had time to react, therefore your head stays stationary as your body pushes up under it, taking your neck to its limits. Suddenly, your body lunges forward as the head moves backward in the opposite direction. This is followed by your head "whipping" forward beyond its normal limits.
At first, you are surprised, then become angry. Your neck likely isn't too painful at this point, but as minutes pass, you feel it beginning to tighten, and the pain begins to set in. Don't feel that just because your car has sustained little damage (none in some cases) that your injuries are not significant. An immediate chiropractic examination is essential to a full and speedy recovery. Pain pills and muscle relaxers won't heal torn and inflamed muscles nor will a cervical collar restore a normal cervical curve.
Why did I get a Headache more than a week after my accident?
When you get whiplash, your muscles, ligaments, and tendons send pain signals to the brain, which tries to tighten the muscles to keep the neck from moving. This is called splinting, which is your body's way of protecting itself. This lack of mobility due to the spasm of muscle increases inflammation which in turn increases your pain, which the brain responds by increasing the spasm. This cycle continues and as a result, pinches a nerve that runs from the base of your head over your scalp to your forehead. This gives rise to nagging headaches, which are easy for Dr. Casey Ferguson DC your Eugene chiropractor to relieve.
What happens if I have pain and tingling in my arms and hands?
The nerves for the arms and hands exit the spine in your neck and upper back. Inflammation, and compression of these nerves will cause these symptoms and as a whiplash expert, Dr. Casey Ferguson DC your chiropractor in Eugene, Oregon will be able to effectively treat and relieve these pains.
Call 541-654-5499 today for a Same Day Appointment to find out why a team approach with Dr. Casey Ferguson DC will help get you back to optimal health and wellbeing.
Dr. Casey Ferguson DC has obtained the postgraduate designation of Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® (CCSP®) by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians™ (ACBSP™). The CCSP® certification requires the doctor to attend a minimum of 100 hours of a 120 hour postgraduate program. This instruction is specific to physical fitness and the evaluation and treatment of injuries encountered in sports. Following the completion of these hours, the doctor must then take and successfully pass a comprehensive written examination.
This training will aid the doctor in the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries by enhancing his diagnostic skills and patient care. The CCSP® certification exists to provide a uniform standard of education that assures teams and athletes that the doctor has met a minimum level of competency in chiropractic sports medicine. Dr. Ferguson DC joins over 5500 others internationally who hold this designation.
If you are interested in having your sports event covered, please contact Dr. Ferguson DC at 541-654-5499.
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