Car Accident Chiropractor in Tampa
Whipash- Low Impact Collision
Whipash- Low Impact Collision Up Close
After an automobile accident, many people look for chiropractic help in Tampa. The sudden movement of the head backward, forward, or sideways in a car accident is referred to as whiplash. Most simply described, whiplash is caused by a motion or force that makes your neck move beyond its normal range of motion. Many accidents result in minimal damage to the occupant's vehicles. As a result, people often incorrectly assume they are not injured. In the accident below, the van was struck at approximately 8 mph. This was not enough force to cause any obvious body damage to the vehicle. But the driver's body is still placed into considerable distress.
The videos above show that the tremendous forces that are acting on the spine during whiplash, even at low impacts, are significant and readily noticeable. An 8 mph car collision, such as the one depicted in the videos, produces two times the force of gravity, or a 2-G acceleration of the car, and a 5-G acceleration of the head. And accidents at greater speeds result in even more G force on the car and body.
This unnatural and forceful movement affects the muscles and ligaments in the neck and back, stretching and tearing them. The discs between the vertebrae can bulge, tear, or rupture and vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing your range of motion. The spinal cord and nerve roots can get stretched, irritated, and “choked.”
Whiplash in Tampa
The spine and tissue near your neck can be seriously irritated in many ways when whiplash occurs during automobile accidents, sports like football or from abuse/physical harm. Whiplash has the potential to produce more than just short term pain. Long term effects can include:
- Disc bulges and herniation
- Misalignments of the vertebrae in the spine
- Damaged bones in your vertebrae
- Nerve damage and irritation
- Pulling of muscles or ligaments in your neck
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
There is a wide range of whiplash injuries which can range from mild to very serious in nature. Having your headrest too low is a common cause of severe whiplash injuries. There could be broken bones or tissue damage when combining a bad collison with a low headset. In a situation like this, meeting with a chiropractor is very important to get x-rays done and a complete examination. In the case of a mild crash or collision, you still may be experiencing whiplash if you have any of these symptoms:
- Neck Pain
- Pain in the shoulder, upper back and arms
- Blurry vision
- Pain with mobility of neck
- Numbing or Tingling down your arms
- Ringing ears
- Struggling to sleep
There are numerous symptoms that can accompany whiplash, and it may be hard to pinpoint all of these symptoms back to your whiplash if you neglect care for weeks after your accident. Whiplash could need further treatment even after getting the “good-to-go” from your doctor. After an injury, it is very important to get a spinal check as soon as you find time. Treating the injury promptly is your best chance at preventing long term complications.
Chiropractic Care at Precision Spine & Wellness Center for Car Accidents
Due to the fact that most whiplash incidents involve spinal, nerve and tissue damage, consulting a chiropractor is a great decision for treatment. With the skills and knowledge to do so, chiropractors can determine the source of pain from a whiplash injury and create an effective plan for treatments. Treatments given by a chiropractor are non-invasive and gentle. With precise and careful adjustments, people can fully recover and find lasting relief from their whiplash. Call our team at Precision Spine & Wellness Center today to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care, and how it can help you heal from whiplash in Tampa.
9:00am - 10:00pm
9:00am - 1:00pm
9:00am - 10:00pm
1:00pm - 10:00pm
9:00am - 10:00pm