As stated previously, whiplash can effect the cervical spine (vertebrae) causing injury to the intervertebral discs which can cause radiating pain, tingling, numbness or pins and needles into the arm, hand or fingers, facet and uncinate joints causing local neck or shoulder pain, the muscles attaching to the neck and midback such as the: trapezius, scalenes, sternocleidomastoid, levator scapulae, interscapular, rhomboid or paravertebral causing trigger points or referred symptoms into the arms. Damage to the Scalene muscles, presence of a "first rib" in the cervical spine or irritation of the collar bone can cause a condition called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS). Symptoms of TOS can be surprisingly similar to other conditions such as: cervical nerve irritation, cervical disc bulging or herniation. It is important to correctly diagnose the cause of the symptoms because the treatment options may be vastly different.
Other Whiplash Symptoms:
Although the majority of Whiplash injuries occur as a result of motor vehicle, auto or car accidents, it is still possible to get "whiplash" from sports injuries or any injuries in which your body was suddenly "jerked" forward. Whiplash can been given the unfortunate term due to its similarity with the action of a bull whip. Any trauma which causes a rapid acceleration-deceleration of the neck can be diagnosed as whiplash.
Natural Spinal Care, located in Dublin treats whiplash by first diagnosing the cause of the symptoms. Typically, patients with Whiplash Disorder are treated by gentle spinal manipulation or mobilization in the neck or mid back. Physiotherapy modalities such as: massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, therapeutic ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, spinal traction, Spinal Decompression, therapeutic exercises and stretches can help in different stages of the healing process.
Call us at 925.829.8484 for a whiplash evaluation.