How can whiplash be described? If you think of the term itself, it brings to mind the motion a whip makes when it gets cracked. This is similar to the motion the neck makes when it endures whiplash from being in a car accident. Even if the whiplash happened years ago, it could still be causing problems for the person who had it. Symptoms can remain for up to ten years.
What is affected if the neck area is injured? Ligaments that keep bones aligned, disks between bones, and muscles in the neck are all affected. This type of injury is not easy to recover from. The bones of the neck can easily slip out of place and keep the neck from being properly aligned with the body. Since damage to the neck can happen at speeds as low as 5 mph, it is a pretty common injury. In fact, 68% of people in accidents have whiplash.
It is important to note that the largest part of healing for whiplash occurs in the 3 months following the collision. Healing slows down at this point, indicating that getting help to treat whiplash as soon as possible is imperative.
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Can Help
Natural relief is available, and it can help a whiplash victim. Upper cervical chiropractors, such as the doctors found at Pairmore and Young Synergy Chiropractic of Anchorage, Alaska, will analyze the neck for misalignments. They focus their attention on the Atlas bone, the uppermost bone of the spine where the head and neck meet. This bone is susceptible to injury. When it is realigned by gentle techniques, healing can begin. Such things as how far the neck can move, pain and discomfort in the neck, and muscle strength all can be improved upon. So, if whiplash has ever occurred and seeing some improvement in the symptoms is a goal, the next step should be a call to the doctors at Pairmore and Young Synergy to see if they can help.
Dr. John Pairmore and Dr. Dennis Young of Pairmore and Young Synergy Chiropractic, in Anchorage, Alaska have 44 years of combined clinical experience. Their anchorage chiropractic clinic is the only office in Alaska that has the specialized Atlas Orthogonal Adjusting Instrument. Dr. Pairmore and Young also serve Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Eagle River along with the entire state of Alaska. 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, including migraines and other headaches, whiplash and other neck injuries, chronic back pain, sciatica and more. Learn more about Our Team.