Whiplash is something that may stick with you long after a car accident. The name for whiplash comes from the motion of cracking a whip. Whiplash can happen at speeds as low as 5 mph1 and distorts the bones in the neck from the proper position.2 Once you have whiplash it is difficult to recover as patients experience the symptoms for as long as 5-10 years.3 The condition can leave long lasting effects as it can damage the muscles in the neck, the ligaments that maintain proper position of the bones, and overall brain function.
A recent look at sports injuries and children has shown that whiplash may be the cause of concussions. When we think of concussions, we usually think of a hard hit directly to the head causing severe symptoms instantly. Data is showing that even minor whiplash sustained during a sports injury can lead to headaches and concussions. One of the problems is the inability to accurately diagnose this condition and provide effective treatment.
Dr. Tymothy Flory, a whiplash specialist in Upland, CA helps whiplash patients get natural relief, as an Upper Cervical Chiropractor focusing on maintaining the proper alignment of the upper neck. This method uses exact testing to ensure that the Atlas (C1) bone is properly aligned at the base of the skull and top of the neck. If the Atlas is misaligned, the brain cannot receive the proper information to function and heal.
Research has shown that whiplash patients under chiropractic care recover much quicker than those not under chiropractic care.3 It has been proven that when the spine is properly aligned after a whiplash-type injury pain, muscle strength, range of motion, and neck alignment improve.
- Severy DM, Mathewson JH, Bechtol CO. Controlled automobile rear-end collisions: an investigation of related engineering and mechanical phenomenon. Can Services Med J 11:727-758, 1955.
- Deans GT,Magalliard JN,Rutherford WH.Incidence and duration of neck pain among patients injured in car accidents. British Medial Jouranal 1986;292:94-95.
- McCoy HG, McCoy M. A multiple parameter assessment of whiplash injury patients undergoing subluxation based chiropractic care: a retrospective study. JVSR. 1997;1(3):51-61.
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Dr. Tymothy Flory, Dr. James Weiss and Dr. Jameson Wong of Atlas Spinal Care in Upland, California are Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora and surrounding areas. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on their website at http://www.atlasspinalcare.com/