Phone: 712-732-3349 - Redenbaugh Chiropractic: 801 Hudson Street, Storm Lake, Iowa 50588
Whiplash can cause hidden ligament injuries to your neck and can affect your health.
1 in 100 (1%) people on our planet suffer from chronic neck pain caused by whiplash injury. (Pain, 1994)
That means over 70 million people suffer from chronic neck pain related to trauma of the cervical spine. Whiplash is not only caused by motor vehicle accidents. It can also be caused by sports injuries (including contact sports such as football), slip and fall accidents and other high stress related events such as that experienced by war veterans.
Injuries relate to ligament damage of the cervical spine. Ligaments are the soft tissue attachments between the bones of the neck. With enough force these protective ligaments can be torn or completely ripped. When this occurs the bones become more movable and can lead to cervical disc degeneration.
In our practice we care for many patients who suffer from these problems. This can include headaches, neck pain, shooting arm pain, numbness and tingling sensations of the arms and upper back. Sadly, people often see us years after a cervical whiplash accident. At the time of the accident the injuries do not seem severe enough for follow up treatment. Medication is often prescribed to cover up the related pain syndromes, but does nothing to address the bio-mechanical function of the cervical spine. Left untreated, ligament injuries can increase the incidence of cervical disc degeneration. Disc degeneration can lead to an increased incidence of:
- Neck pain
- Upper and lower arm weakness
- Numbness and tingling of the arms and shoulders
- Localized muscle pain (often called trigger points)
- Mid and lower back pain
Pain relieving medications may treat the effects of spine injury, but they cannot realign the structures of the spinal column, or fix the cause of the pain. If you or someone you know has been in a motor vehicle accident, consider a spinal ligament evaluation.