injury to the neck caused by a sudden movement
of the head, backward, forward, or sideways,
is commonly referred to as "whiplash." While
the term "whiplash" is most frequently used
to describe auto accident injuries (in which
a person is rear-ended, hit head-on, or
hit from the side), whiplash can also frequently
occur during ski accidents, bike accidents,
falls, blows to the head, and other head/neck
MYTH: "If I don't have any symptoms right
away, I'm O.K.".
THE TRUTH... After many auto and sport-related
traumas, symptoms can be so slight at first,
an individual may not realize he/she has
been injured. Even if a person feels relatively
normal after an accident, he/she should
be thoroughly examined. Symptoms can be
delayed for days, months, or even years.
SYMPTOMS: The following are symptoms that
can occur following a head/neck injury (days
to years later):
pain and/or stiffness
or double vision
between the shoulder blades
in the arms, legs, feet, hands
back pain and/or stiffness
in the ears (tinnitus), Hearing loss
and/or face pain
many cases, more severe immune-related,
neurological, pain, and disease conditions
(Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Susceptibility
to Infection, ADHD, Seizures, Multiple Sclerosis)
can result from head/neck injuries, sometimes
occurring many years after the accident.
million people are exposed to whiplash injury
(related to an auto accident) in the U.S.
the head is suddenly jerked back and forth
or side-to-side beyond its normal limits,
ligaments supporting the neck vertebrae
can be sprained (over-stretched) or torn,
forcing vertebrae out of their normal position.
tests of low speed rear impact collisions,
it was reported that the threshold for cervical
spine soft tissue injury was 5 mph.
rear impact accidents occur at crash speeds
of 6 to 12 mph - speeds below the threshold
for property damage to the vehicle - but
sufficient to cause cervical injury.
injuries to the cervical spine can occur
in sports (skiing, hockey, football, cycling,
ice skating, gymnastics, boxing), during
falls (down a flight of stairs, on an icy
sidewalk), and many more!
HOW CAN IUCCA UPPER CERVICAL CHIROPRACTIC
HELP AN ACCIDENT SUFFERER? If a person (infant,
child, or adult) experiences an accident,
a proper spinal exam is necessary to assess
whether a neck injury occurred. An IUCCA
upper cervical chiropractic specialist uses
a computerized test known as digital infrared
imaging and specific x-rays of the upper
neck to accurately assess a neck injury.
If a neck injury is found, a specific adjustment
by hand is used to correct the injured vertebrae.
Correction of the neck injury can improve,
reverse, and prevent numerous whiplash symptoms.
you have questions about whether you have
suffered a neck injury or whether a neck
injury is contributing to your health problem,
please contact Dr. Elster for a free consultation
at (303) 442-5911 or browse her web site,