Whiplash is the everyday name for a serious injury caused when the head makes a jolting backward, forward, or sideways snapping movement in an auto accident. Experts have estimated that three in five bodily injury claims involve whiplash. Many accident victims suffer temporary neck and back pain that eventually goes away. However, it is important to make an appointment with Dr.Christopher Cordima right away so your injury is treated to prevent future damage and pain as the effect of your injuries return weeks or months down the line. Whiplash symptoms include blurred vision, chewing or swallowing difficulty, disturbed sense of smell, dizziness, fatigue, headache, insomnia, jaw or face pain, muscle weakness, nausea, psychological problems, or ringing in the ears. If left untreated, minor whiplash injuries can manifest into bigger health problems and pain. 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 by performing precise, detailed chiropractic adjustments along with treating the injury with therapy and different exercises, your body will have a much better chance of rebuilding properly. This means less chronic pain, stiffness, disc degeneration, and pinched nerves.
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