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Car Accident Whiplash Chiropractor in Los Angeles

How Whiplash occurs as a result of a personal injury

1. The only symptom is not pain: The neck, upper back and shoulder region are most often associated with whiplash injuries. However, whiplash injuries often present with symptoms such as headaches, numbness and tingling in the arms, difficulty swallowing, nausea, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, blurred vision and tinnitus (ringing of the ears). These whiplash symptoms from personal injury often take time to present as well. If you are not symptomatic after the first few days of a post whiplash type accident, it is still wise to seek treatment as many of these do not manifest until days, weeks, or even months after your accident.

2. Accidents at low speeds can cause neck injuries: It is well documented that motor vehicle accidents at speeds of 5-10 mph can create enough G-force to injure the soft tissues of the neck and upper back. Other key factors are the size/weight of the vehicles, the speed differential, where your head restraints are located, direction of the impact, seat and seatbelt mechanical failure, and much more.

3. Just because your vehicle is not damaged does not mean you’re not. As stated directly above, low speed accidents can cause bodily injury and leave your vehicle with minimal damage. The amount of vehicle damage may have little relation to the injury sustained by the occupants. If your car does not “crumple” in the accident, the G-force is transferred MORE to you than to the car. Therefore, when your car shows damage it is BETTER for you as some of the energy from the accident is absorbed by the car. Either way it is advisable to seek medical care after an accident.

Basic Whiplash symptoms that you may experience as a result of a car accident4. The FOUR (4) Phases of a Whiplash Injury: There are four phases that occur during “whiplash”: Initial position (before the collision), retraction, extension and rebound.

Initial position has no external force on the neck.

The retraction phase is when the “whiplash” occurs. There is a sudden and extreme loading on the soft tissues.

During extension, the head and neck become extended, and is only limited by the head restraint.

The rebound phase occurs as a result of the aforementioned phases. The spine forms an S-Shaped curve caused by the flexion in the upper neck and hyperextension at the lower cervical spine. This flexion and hyperextension exceeds physiological limits and is where the injuries occur to the lower cervical spine. Most of the injuries happen at the C-5 and C-6 vertebral levels. Ligament injuries in whiplash may lead to cervical instability.

5. Soft tissue damage CAN be proven on X-Ray: X-rays are primarily used to rule out a fracture. They are often deemed “normal” as radiologists do not often report on the subtle findings of the x-ray that may support the presence of a soft tissue injury. Chiropractors, however, take a much closer look at alignment and curvature angles. We measure the angle formed between the vertebrae and the amount of translation or “slip” that occurs to determine if there is a loss of ligament control or “stretch” which results in excessive motion. This can result in future problems and instability.


We Are Doctors Working On Liens for Whiplash Pain Caused By A Car Accidents

The Los Angeles Chiropractors are doctors on liens which means that we treat your whiplash pain from a car accident without charging you any out-of-pocket fees.