Whiplash injuries are very common as the result of a sudden head movement that stretches the neck tendons, ligaments and muscles beyond its’ normal range of motion. One of the more common causes that everyone thinks of is being rear-ended in an vehicular accident. However, there are many other causes; bumping your head and then a quick jerk, pushed form behind, or suddenly ducking in an awkward position twisting your head and neck resulting in a neck strain. Whiplash is very common in falls or in sports as well. There are two types of whiplash injuries; neck strain (stretching) or neck sprain (tearing).
Whether You Have a Neck Strain Or Neck Sprain,
You May Also Have a Resulting Misalignment of the Atlas
If your atlas is out of alignment, you may develop many more symptoms over time as the atlas can effect many other parts of not only the skeletal system, but also the neurological system. Your nerves and blood vessels pass through the atlas as well as the brain stem extends pass the atlas. When the atlas is misaligned, it can impair the nerves, blood vessels, and even the brain stem. This can result many undiagnosed and untreated medical conditions because the source of the problem is not being correctly diagnosed.
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Range of Motion is Limited
- Upper Back Pain
- Migraines or Headaches
- Arm Pain
Typical Whiplash Treatment:
Wearing a supporting collar, pain killers or other medication, and always use ice to reduce pain and swelling.
How Your Atlas Orthogonal May Help Whiplash
If your atlas is misaligned as a result of whiplash, Boutwell Chiropractic Group, P.C may be able to help you. We will be able to determine at your first visit after taking X-rays that are computerized if your atlas is out of alignment and the adjustment required to put it back using a specialized atlas orthogonal percussion instrument.