by Dr. Michael Crawford, D.C., D.A.A.P.M.

Whiplash is a neck and back injury, a sprain and strain injury, usually the result of getting rear ended while sitting in your car. The most common whiplash injury is when you are sitting at a stop light, or in traffic and someone behind you fails to stop, and runs into the back of your car. The force of the impact pushes into the frame of your car and into your seat. Sometimes the force breaks the bolts that secure the seat to the frame of the car, or breaks the seat back. This force of impact is translated thru your seat which slams your body forward. Just think of sitting in an office chair with wheels on the bottom and a car drives slowly up behind you and hits the back of the chair. Get the picture?

Now, your pelvis is shoved forward first, then your mid back and your head snaps backwards. It may or may not hit the headrest. Usually it does not because as you are slammed forward, you are also shoved upwards above the headrest, so it does not help you. Your head snaps backwards, but your body is going forwards, the neck muscles are stretched and reflex jerking your head forward just before your body suddenly snaps to a stop against the seatbelt. Your head continues flying forward until the muscles in the back of the neck and shoulders stops your head.

The muscles in the front of the neck, the back of the neck, in the jaw, between the shoulder blades, and in the low back all get pulled and over stretched. We call this Sprain and Strain Injury. The muscles may hurt immediately or may not hurt until the next day, or even several days later. If you go to the hospital, you usually are examined by x-rays, which only show fractures, not the condition of your muscles. They may tell you that you have whiplash, but not to worry, it will go away, and give you a handful of pills to take for the pain. They usually also tell you to see your medical doctor who may also give you more pills and refer to you physical therapy. I do not believe this to be proper care for this injury!



So what should you do? Go to the hospital, get checked out, then come immediately to me. You may need the pain killers they give you, and you may need to see your medical doctor to get more. But we can help get you over the pain much faster than going to physical therapy, which often makes the pain even worse. Our team of professionals, a chiropractic doctor, an acupuncturist, a massage therapist, and a yoga therapist will all work to get you over your injury as fast as possible. We normally get our patients over their injuries in one half to one third the time people spend in physical therapy.

We will work with your medical doctor and make sure you get the best treatment available. Any Questions? Feel free to call me (983-3037) I will be happy to consult with you.

Michael Crawford, D.C., D.A.A.P.M







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