Many people don’t realize how severe an auto accident can be. However, much research shows that the aftermath of an automobile accident can leave your body in tremendously bad shape that many think is impossible to recover from. It is not uncommon for accident injury symptoms to be delayed in the body for six months to one year! As a Chiropractor, I have noticed that many people are misinformed when it comes to whiplash. I hope this article will help better explain whiplash, why it happens, and how Pacific Beach Chiropractic Group can help.
I want to address a very common question: what happens to your body that causes a whiplash injury to occur?
Whiplash can happen whenever your body suffers from an abrupt jolt. Most whiplash injuries happen when you are sitting in a fixed position in your car and are rear-ended by another car. Because this happens so fast, your body doesn’t have time to react before your car is pushed forward. During those moments of impact, your body gets pushed down into your seat. Your head, which is heavy and secluded by your neck, is delayed in reaction, while your body is continually pushed down. Quickly after, your head changes directions by traveling forward to the limit your seatbelt will allow. Finally, once your head reaches the limit traveling forward, it is forced backwards in reaction. Because your neck is not restricted by your seatbelt, your head is jolted back and forth beyond its standard limits. When this “whipping” action occurs, it causes much damage to the already extremely fragile neck structure.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that it can take days, weeks or even months before any whiplash symptoms occur. Common whiplash symptoms include headaches, neck pain, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, and loss of motion. The reason it can take some time to feel the symptoms is because it can take time for the inflammation and scar tissue buildup from the tiny tears in the injured nerves, ligaments and muscles to build up and further aggravate you. When the delicate ligaments that support your neck are wounded, the muscles react by tightening to guard the injured area around the vertebrae. This protects the damaged area from further injury, but it can also create pain signalling.
A few weeks following this injury, the distressed tissue releases chemicals that attach little cells to the wounded area, called Fibroblasts. They build up, creating a scar-like material called fibrin. Fibrin then helps mend and re-build the injury. During these few weeks of repair, it is extremely important to maintain normal ranges of motion, as well as spinal alignment. If this is not done properly, the scar tissue will end up limiting the future mobility of the injured area. This can lead to spinal degeneration.
The good news is that specific Chiropractic adjustments by Dr. Reuben Montemagni at Pacific Beach Chiropractic Group along with specific exercises and stretches will allow your body to heal and recover exponentially and more fully so that you and your loved ones can live 100% of your physiological potential. This means less chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, stiffness, disc degeneration, and pinched nerves. We can help alleviate your pain and rebuild your spinal structures. These care options also severely reduce future injuries from occurring. So if you have whiplash, schedule an examination with your trusted San Francisco Chiropractors, San Francisco Auto Accident Injury today!
If you, your family or a friend have been in an auto accident please call to find out how we can help and schedule an examination with Pacific Beach Chiropractic Group.
Why wait for symptoms of pain, immobility and anxiety when you can prevent them and begin healing today!