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Whiplash Associated Disorder

Whiplash occurs when a person’s head moves backward and then forward suddenly with great force and results when the soft tissues (the muscles and ligaments) of your neck extend beyond their typical range of motion.

Definition of Condition Title

A whiplash injury occurs when neck moves in a sudden forward direction and abruptly bounce back in the backward motion due to acceleration/ declaration effect (just like spinning a whip). In all such cases, the ligaments and connective tissue elements of neck and associated cervical/ spinal joints are significantly compromised.

Whiplash Associated Injury

Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash Associated Injury

The symptoms Whiplash Associated Injury are characteristic for:

  • Neck pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Headache which may be mild or severe
  • Body pain and fatigue
  • Weakness and dizziness
  • Memory related problems
  • Sleep pattern disturbances

Causes of Whiplash Associated Injury

Whiplash Associated Injury is usually reported in road-traffic accidents (especially with rear-end collisions), competitive sports related injuries (such as football and basketball) or direct hit on the neck during physical assault.

The risk of Whiplash Associated Injury increases with advancing age, history of prior trauma/ injury/ surgery of neck and long-distance driving.

Statistics and Epidemiology related to Whiplash Associated Injury

The prevalence of whiplash associated disorders is Australia is approximately 3.8 per 1000 individuals (1).  According to another study, each year more than 2500 cases of whiplash injuries are reported in South Australia alone, for insurance claims (exceeding $130 million).

References:
  1. Barnsley, L., Lord, S. M., & Bogduk, N. (2002). The pathophysiology of whiplash. Whiplash. Philadelphia: Hanley & Belfus.
  2. http://www.mac.sa.gov.au/whiplash-and-associated-disorders
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How MHC Treatment Options Can Help Whiplash Associated Injury

Most people do not require treatment and recover spontaneously with time and conservative therapies (such as pain killers and massage); however, in severe whiplash injuries, patients may require long term therapy for the management of chronic pain and neurological issues.

MHC can help facilitate your long-term recovery through soft tissue techniques, chiropractic adjustments and Trigenics techniques, using a combination to bring your musculoskeletal structure to its peak working condition. 

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