Motor vehicle collisions often result in whiplash injury. Whiplash, more correctly called hyperextension/hyperflexion syndrome, is an injury in which the head and neck are forcefully accelerated independently of the body. When the head reaches as far as it can go, it then recoils in the opposite direction. Rear-ender collisions cause hyperextension injuries and these tend to be worse in nature than the hyperflexion injuries, resulting in more pain and discomfort and a longer recovery time. Injury from motor vehicle collisions involves over-stretching of the muscles which stabilize the area and if it is severe enough, stretching of the joint capsules which surround the joints and also the ligaments between the joints and parts of the vertebrae. This creates an unstable situation in the neck and it must be treated aggressively (frequently, initially) so that each component heals in its proper orientation. Left unchecked, the cervical spine loses its natural curve (lordosis) due to lax ligaments, and the body reacts by depositing new bone at the joint margins and around the discs to stabilize the area. Clinically this is known as osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease.
Chiropractic care is an important aspect in motor vehicle collision recovery as it aids in proper healing and helps reduce pain. In our office we also use soft tissue techniques such as myofascial release, FAKTR (Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab) as well as laser therapy and kinesiology taping. You do not need a referral from your family doctor nor approval from your adjuster. You pay insurance premiums and are therefore entitled to care.