Muscle Injury After Whiplash
When considering a whiplash injury, most of us think of damage to the joints and ligaments of the neck. Certainly, those structures are injured. But we also suffer injuries to the delicate posture muscles of the neck (more properly, cervical spine). Those small muscles help to control the subtle balance and movement of the joints. A whiplash injury can weaken them and allow the joints to become sloppy. This promotes pain and swelling of the joints.
The image above shows the 3 major muscle layers (surface, middle, and deep). Notice how long and thin the deep muscles are. They are easily injured in a car crash. Thankfully, these muscles can be repaired and rehabilitated with proper chiropractic care. The image to the right illustrates the deep muscles of the neck. When injured, these muscles can alter the movement of the joints of the neck, creating pain, swelling, stiffness and headaches.
If you have been involved in a car crash, even a simple fender-bender, please call our office and schedule your no-cost-to-you consultation and examination. We have on-site digital x-ray to help properly diagnose your exact injury.
Dr. Andrew White | St George Chiropractor