“Make sure you get your spine checked, especially after trauma. If nothing else, it will help prepare your body for the next 10 to 20 years.”
— Dr. Sara Whedon (09:23 – 09:30)
Whiplash can happen in different situations. But often, we experience it during vehicular accidents. While it is already a win that you survived the accident, it is essential that you take necessary actions and get evaluated so you can avoid its long term effects.
Part One of Whiplash Recovery
Imagine yourself in a car, and you’ve been hit on the rear end. Naturally, your neck is going to whip backward, and with a strong force, it will then be jarred forward.
For some, this isn’t a big deal. But here’s the thing, your body might not be able to feel horrible instantly. It’s probably the adrenaline. In reality, your muscles will constrict in such cases. There is a significant force that your body will experience. If you do not have it checked, then it can lead to life long problems. You can experience pain, and your movements might be limited.
On a side note, please make sure that you wear your seatbelts of safety belts all the time, as this can offset the force in an accident. Without restraint, you are more prone to further damages.
“The only response mechanism for whiplash is to help make sure it protects the spine. So that doesn’t take into account the muscles responding to it. It doesn’t account for the compensation that the spine has to do.”
— Dr. Sara Whedon (02:12 – 02:24)
Most of the time, people will report muscle soreness after an accident. But there are worse cases wherein you can lose consciousness. You have to be aware of the signals if your injury is more than just muscle-related. It could be your joints or nerves, or something even more severe.
Part Two of Whiplash Recovery
Now, in case you had a vehicular accident where you hit your front end. Both your head and body will go forward. You will probably hit your head directly onto the airbag and will then be at your normal position once again. The fact is, hitting the airbag isn’t gentle as well. You can still experience long term effects if you do not take follow up check-ups.
“So nobody plans to have a car accident, but taking good care of yourself, eating well, hydrating, exercising will all help offset that spine from a force that comes at it, obviously, assuming that should we ever get in the car accident, we trip and fall. You know, we want to make sure we have the best chance.”
— Dr. Sara Whedon (08:42 – 08:58)
Let’s talk about what happens after the accident. In case it is not severe, or in other terms, it wasn’t a bloody accident, the initial questions you would hear are, “Are you ok?” or “How do you feel?” Again, do not be fooled if in case you feel ‘ok’ after an accident. It could be your normal body response or the adrenalin that downplays the actual trauma. Thus, it is with high importance that you articulate that you need additional tests.
Once the experts ruled out anything traumatic like a broken bone or spine, it is recommended that you get checked for a chiropractic adjustment. We will modify our methods depending on your current condition. The question now is, will this be restored overnight? Not. But with regular treatment, your body can be restored to what it was before the accident.
We’ve heard many cases wherein people experience constant pain only to find out that they were involved in a vehicular accident years ago. This could have been prevented if they get themselves tested right after a trauma.
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