Whiplash is term used to describe an injury to the cervical spine and soft tissues (specifically ligaments, muscles, and tendons). It is caused by an abnormal motion or force applied to your neck and/or head that stretches your spinal joints and soft tissues beyond the necks normal range of motion. It is frequently the result of a car accident, but contrary to popular belief, the speed of impact or damage to your vehicle does not determine the severity of a whiplash injury. Even slowly moving vehicles can cause intense whiplash injuries, it is always a good idea to be checked out by a chiropractor to determine the extent of your injuries. In addition to car accidents other common causes include contact sports injuries, a blow to the head (like from an object falling onto you), or physical assaults.
Dr. Wolf has been treating patients injured in car accidents for nearly 20 years. She has taken many post graduate seminars concentrating on the treatment of spinal trauma. Dr. Wolf has been injured in numerous automobiled collisions, so she understands firsthand how painful a car accident injury can be, and how important it is to be treated as soon as possible following a spinal trauma. If you have any of the following symptoms after a motor vehicle accident, please call us to schedule an exam and consultation.
These signs and symptoms may occur immediately or even days/weeks after the initial injury.
- Neck pain
- Tenderness along the back of your neck
- Muscle spasms (in the side or back of your neck)
- Upper back pain
- Stabbing pain in your shoulder blades or surrounding area
- Difficulty moving your neck around
- Low back pain/stiffness
- Pain shooting from your neck into either shoulder or arm