Whiplash Injuries Tucson

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A whiplash most commonly occurs when the body reacts to a rapid deceleration, which forces hyperflexion or hyperextension of the neck. Essentially, the neck is the weak link between the body and the head. So, when the body rapidly stops moving, the weight of the head puts excessive force on the neck – causing injury. Whiplash injuries can occur from a variety of mechanisms, but the most common is from an auto accident. Not all car accidents cause whiplash injuries, but they are very common.

Dr. Geoff Huls D.C. at Vitality Chiropractic strongly desires to help people injured from auto accidents because he was severely injured in a car crash as a teenager. If you have been involved in a car accident and suffered a whiplash injury, it’s important you take it very seriously. Symptoms of whiplash can take weeks or even months to fully manifest. The symptoms you could experience after a whiplash include anything from neck pain, lower back pain, headaches, jaw pain, radiating pain into the shoulder, elbow pain, wrist pain or even hand pain.

Neck Pain

The most common symptom reported by our patients after experiencing whiplash is neck pain. This neck pain often radiates up towards the head or shoulders. There is a symbiotic relationship between the neck and shoulders which, in many cases, may cause a cyclical pattern. This pattern involves neck pain that causes tension in the shoulders, which causes more neck pain, which causes more tension and possible pain in the shoulders, which causes more neck tension and neck pain. Take the time to get this treated before it worsens.

Headaches

The second most common problem we hear about at Vitality Chiropractic after whiplash injuries is headaches. Some of these headaches can be a result of direct brain injury, but the majority of headaches we see after whiplash injuries are related to the neck’s muscles, ligaments and joints, which can refer pain up the neck and into the head. Sometimes headaches don’t start immediately after an auto accident. Instead, days or weeks after the auto accident, patients can start to get headaches that can progressively worsen with time.

Lower Back Pain

This may come at a surprise, but many people suffer with lower back pain after experiencing whiplash injuries. Your spine is made up of 24 movable segments that work together as one functional unit. Sometimes the low back pain experienced after an accident is caused by direct trauma or compressive forces, but other times its cause by tension and strain put on the spine as a whole. Regardless of the cause, it’s important to get low back pain corrected before the long term effects become debilitating.

Call Vitality Chiropractic in Tucson today if you’ve been injured in an auto accident and schedule a consultation with the doctor at no cost. Vitality Chiropractic’s phone number is 520.989.3338.