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April 3, 2014
Kin Wai Wu, MSPT
I believe most people live in America had involved in some degree of motor vehicle accident. From a fender bender to a head on collusion, Whiplash is a type of injury we cannot ignore. According to Spine Research Institute of San Diego, whiplash injury could occur as low as 12 mph. It affects 3 million people’s life every year. I am going to discuss what is whiplash injury and how physical therapy treatment could help for the injury.
A whiplash injury is caused by sudden acceleration and deceleration that stretches your neck beyond its normal limit. It often happens in motor vehicle accidents, contact sports, falls, and assaults. A victim’s neck is more likely to hyperextended and hyperflexed at the moment of impact. The abnormal cervical motion may damage soft tissue (muscle, ligament, and fascia) causing inflammation and pain. Eventually, his neck might knot up, causing muscle spasms and reducing in neck range of motion. Furthermore, muscle spasms reduce blood circulation and give rise to more severe health problems in the long run. Some common problems are headaches and shooting pain down to your shoulder and arm.
Here are some tips to lower your chances of getting a whiplash injury. First of all, you must wear your seat belt. It is the law and it helps you to stay at a car seat (not being ejected through a windshield!) during a car accident. Secondary, adjust your head rest so your neck does not snap backward if you get rear ended. Lastly, your seat should be inclining less than a 20 degree angle. This will keep you to stay at the seat during a rear-end collision.
Physical therapy treatment and chiropractic adjustments are effective ways to reduce your neck pain and speed up your recovery. At SageMED, our therapist performs custom manual (hands on) techniques to reduce your neck symptoms and restore your neck motion. These techniques include myofascial release, muscle energy, trigger point release, craniosacral therapy, and lymphatic drainage technique. We also provide an exercise programs to increase your strength and flexibility. It is our goal to help you get back into your life as soon as possible.