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Whiplash: How Long Can the Effects Last? 

 August 5, 2018

By  Dr. Todd Osborne

whiplash-how-long-can-the-effects-lastWhen you hear the term whiplash, you may automatically think of being in a car accident. While this is the most common way to get whiplash, it is not the only way. Whiplash happens when the muscles of the neck get over-extended, causing them to be torn or sprained. When the muscles over-extend, the top bones of the neck can become misaligned. This leads to a number of serious health problems throughout the entire body. As many as 2 million people in the USA have whiplash.

Extensive research has been done and reveals that whiplash can occur at speeds as low as 5 mph. The majority of vehicle accidents occur at 6 to 12 mph. This may not cause much vehicle damage, but it can cause damage to the body, particularly the neck.

Since whiplash can occur at such low speeds, there are other activities besides vehicle accidents that cause it to occur. The following is a brief list of these:

  • Gymnastics
  • Wrestling
  • Trips and falls
  • Boxing
  • Skiing
  • Football
  • Bicycling
  • Ice skating
  • Hockey

Any time you endure an injury while taking part in the above activities, you may have damage to your neck in the way of a misalignment. The effects of whiplash can last for many years after the trauma. A German medical journal listed the following problems as possible results from whiplash:

  • Torticollis
  • Dysphonia
  • Globus
  • Not hearing low tones
  • Dizziness
  • Cervical dystonia

The German doctors, Kaeser and Ettlin, involved in the creating the above list, stated that correcting the misalignment in the cervical spine can reverse the devastating effects of whiplash.

Finding Relief from Whiplash Symptoms

If you have been diagnosed with whiplash or even suspect you may have it, it is important for you to seek the care of an upper cervical chiropractor as soon as possible. We begin our examination by looking closely at the upper neck to find possible misalignments. We then use a gentle method to help the neck bones move back into place naturally, without the need to pop or crack the spine. This often results in relief from the negative symptoms of whiplash.

To find an upper cervical specialist in your area go to http://www.NUCCA.org or if you are in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area CALL 423-402-4602 to schedule a consultation

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Dr. Todd Osborne


Dr. Todd Osborne has completed extensive post-graduate education in Activator Methods, and has hundreds of hours in continuing education in Upper Cervical Chiropractic, Neurology, and is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist, certified by the Atlas Orthogonal Board and Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Todd Osborne

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