Not just a ‘Fender Bender’

St George Chiropractor

Whiplash injuries can occur at slow speeds. Even if you have been involved in a slow-speed impact, there might be some latent damage done to the neck, spine, and soft tissues. Seek a chiropractic consultation and get an expert opinion. Remember, your car insurance is responsible to pay for your medical bills. In most cases they pay 100% of your expenses.

Just like in Baseball, there is a three strikes rule in whiplash. The worse case scenario is when you have all three strikes against you. The strikes are:

  1. Being unaware of the impending impact. Knowing that you are going to be in a collision allows your muscles to take a defensive hold and protect your joints from excessive motion. This often involves injuring the muscle. But thankfully, muscles can heal better than joint surfaces.
  2. Rotation of the head. If you are in an accident, you want you head facing forward. This allows the force of the impact to be evenly distributed across the delicate joints of the neck. When you are looking to the side when you are in a collision, this will improperly load one side of the neck, damaging the small joints.
  3. Being hit from behind. A rear end collision can do far more damage to the neck. The forces and mechanics involved cause the head to bounce (whip-lashing). The bouncing can also damage the brain in what is called a ‘coup contra-coup injury’. Being hit from behind is a serious concern for both immediate and long-term spinal health.
Whiplash x-ray

Compare a normal (left) neck x-ray with the whiplsh neck (right). The person on the right suffered a whiplash injury and never saw a chiropractor to get it corrected. Note the chronic injury to the discs and joints.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an automobile accident, even a simple fender-bender, please seek chiropractic help. Even if you went to the hospital and they ‘checked you out.’ Remember, the job of the hospital is to make sure you won’t bleed to death in the next 10 minutes. If you are not bleeding to death and your neck isn’t broken, they will send you home. Remember the 3-strikes rule and call my office for a professional consultation. Remember, your car insurance is responsible to pay for your medical bills. In most cases they pay 100% of your expenses.

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