Whiplash and whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) represent a range of injuries to the neck caused by, or related to, a sudden distortion of the neck. Most commonly whiplash and WADs are associated with motor vehicle accidents (MVA), particularly rear-ended accidents, but the injury can be sustained in many other ways, including falls or contact sports. Whiplash stands out as one of the main injuries covered by the car insurers (i.e. ICBC).
The symptoms of the whiplash may include: pain and aching to the neck and back, referred pain to the shoulders, sensory disturbance (such as a tingling “pins and needles” sensation) to the arms and legs, and headaches. Symptoms can appear directly after the injury, but often are not felt until days later. Whiplash is usually confined to the spinal cord, specifically the neck (cervical vertebrae) and the mid-back (thoracic vertebrae), and the sternocleidomastoid and scalene muscles (located on each side of the neck). Common MVAs include joint dysfunction, disc herniation, abnormal movement patterns, chronic pain, or cognitive dysfunction.
Whiplash is one of the most common conditions we treat here at Hycroft Chiropractic & Massage. Using specific chiropractic adjustment techniques aimed to either realign joints, or relax tense muscles, our chiropractor, Dr. Michael Horowitz can help to diagnose and treat the source of your pain and discomfort. Our registered massage therapist (RMT), Mark Golin, is trained in various massage techniques designed to ease pain and discomfort in the muscles caused by whiplash. If you have been in a MVA, it is important to first see a physician to rule out serious injuries. Once you get the go ahead, give us a call to set up an appointment or book online!
Hycroft Chiropractic & Massage
#114-3195 Granville St
Vancouver, BC V6H 3K2
Note from Dr. Michael: Hi everyone! If you have sustained a sports injury or were in a motor vehicle accident and you are experiencing headaches or neck pain, you may be suffering a whiplash type injury. Diagnosis is key to implementing early and affective treatment. Your neck muscles may be in spasm. Your neck joints may be pinching your nerves and you may be experiencing headaches. Medication may provide temporary relief, but to solve this problem we need to address the source. Here to help, call with any questions you may have!