Auto Accident St. Louis Park

Whiplash: How These Injuries Can Cause Chronic
Pain
Bottom Line:
Whiplash injuries used to be considered “no big deal’, but times have changed. Doctors now know that
whiplash can cause lifelong pain and disability if not treated properly. During a car accident, the head
often suddenly moves forward and backward with a tremendous amount of force. Even low-speed
collisions can generate enough force to injure the delicate ligaments in your neck that support your head.
Why it Matters:
When you experience a whiplash injury, your head and neck extend beyond their normal range of motion.
This can create partial tears or other damage to the muscles and ligaments around your spine and injure
the spinal disc, nerves, or muscles. A few key indicators that you may have suffered a whiplash injury
include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness, pain into your arms/shoulders, or limited range of
motion.
 It’s estimated that over 80% of people involved in a car accident will sustain whiplash injuries.
 Whiplash injuries are now considered severe, and often permanent injuries to the ligaments of the
neck occurs after the rapid back and forth motion experienced during an accident.
 What’s more, nearly 50% of people with neck pain or whiplash following a car accident will
continue to have pain one year after their initial injury.
Next Steps:
Receiving the proper diagnosis and care after a car accident can help reduce your likelihood of struggling
with a lifetime of chronic neck pain. Our practice is focused on accurately assessing, documenting, and
treating people who have been involved in a car accident in St. Louis Park, Minneapolis, our surrounding cities. We have all the tools to help you feel better faster, in addition to Chiropractic, we offer state of the art Laser Therapy, ART, Graston, and Massage therapy. Give our St. Louis Park office a call today, we are ready to help you regain your quality of
life as quickly and safely as possible!

Science Source(s):
The Association Between a Lifetime History of a Neck Injury in a Motor Vehicle Collision and Future Neck
Pain. European Spine Journal. 2010.

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