Whiplash treatment explained: Whiplash is a layman’s term. It describes the way someone’s neck or back can be thrown forward and backward as the result of a trauma.
It is very commonly used to describe auto injury patient’s neck injuries. It can also relate to any injury to the neck or back in which they were shaken violently.
When this occurs the patient actually suffers a sprain/strain to the muscles and ligaments of the neck or back. A sprain / strain is actually a microscopic tearing of muscle and ligament tissue. The body then will respond by laying down scar tissue to repair these tears. This is good and bad. It is good because the tissues need to be repaired. It is bad because without proper treatment, the body will just throw down the scar tissue like patch work or quilt work. Scar tissue is not elastic or as flexible as the original tissue. This can lead to areas of hypersensitivity down the road. I am sure you know someone who has complained about an old injury acting up. This is their scar tissue talking. If we apply proper therapy and chiropractic adjustments to the involved areas we can minimize the amount of scar tissue needed to repair the tears. It will also help the scar tissue heal more in alignment with the original tissue. This will help maintain some elasticity.
Mobility in the neck and back are another important consideration. If we lose normal mobility to the injured areas the patient is much more likely to develop arthritis in those areas down the road. This is why I focus on minimizing scar tissue formation and restoring mobility following these injuries in my office.
Proper whiplash treatment is essential to have a good recovery. Chiropractic and physiotherapy with medical oversight has provided our patients with the best care possible in reducing pain, minimizing scar tissue, restoring joint mobility and reducing the risk of future arthritis in the involved joints.