Archive for the 'Whiplash' Category

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash -- or “whiplash associated disorders” (WAD) -- is a relatively common injury usually linked with a motor vehicle collision (MVC) during which the head is whipped forwards and backwards (when rear-ended) or sideways (if T-boned). Let’s look at some facts: 1) WAD is often ignored or mistreated due to a lack of understanding about [..]

Whiplash – The Power of Positive Thinking!

When discussing the topic of whiplash injury recovery, prompt assessment, treatment, education, reassurance, and advice can be VERY EFFECTIVE in helping the injured crash victim improve during the acute stage of the injury (first three months). But after three months, when the condition becomes more chronic, which interventions are the most beneficial? More specifically, what [..]

10 Facts You Should Know About Whiplash (Part 2)

Last month, we reviewed the #1-5 of “10 facts” that you should know about whiplash. Here are #6-10! 6. “Rest = rust” when it comes to whiplash: When we hurt, we often instinctively choose rest over activity, as we may be afraid that any activity will make the pain worse. But after just a few [..]

10 Facts You Should Know About Whiplash (Part 1)

There have been many statements made about whiplash that are either totally or partially false. Let’s take a look at some of the “FACTS.” 1. Pain is NOT the only symptom: Although neck and/or shoulder area pain is the most common symptom associated with a whiplash injury, look for other symptoms such as (but not [..]

Whiplash – Why Does it Happen?

Whiplash injuries are most commonly associated with motor vehicle collisions (MVC), although they can happen from anything that results in a sudden movement of the head -- from slip and fall injuries, carnival rides, sports-related injuries, and more. When associated with MVCs, the terms “acceleration/deceleration injury” or “whiplash associated disorders (WAD)” are often applied, depending [..]

Whiplash Self-Care: Part 2

Last month, we started the discussion of self-care options in the management of whiplash or CAD (cervical acceleration-deceleration) or WAD (whiplash associated disorders). In this series, we are describing various treatment methods that you can be taught to help facilitate in the management process during the four stages of healing (acute, subacute – discussed last [..]

Whiplash Self-Care: Part 1

Whiplash is a condition that can occur from MANY causes – in fact, anything that results in a sudden change in the head/neck position. Usually, there is a rapid acceleration that injuries the soft tissues around the neck area by stretching them beyond their limits. Hence, the more accurate terms for whiplash are, “cervical acceleration-deceleration” [..]

Whiplash Anatomy

Whiplash is an injury commonly associated with motor vehicle collisions (MVC) caused by a rapid forward and backward “whipping” of the neck. What varies between each case is the degree of injury and what anatomical parts of the neck are actually injured. Let’s take a look at the spine so we can better understand where [..]

Whiplash: Why is this Taking So Long?

Whiplash treatment and management is a topic of great discussion! Many different types of tissues can be injured in a whiplash injury creating a multitude of symptoms. This is why the label “Whiplash Associated Disorders” (WAD) was born! The rate of healing for each type of tissue varies, thus the length of time for resolution [..]

Whiplash Management

Whiplash usually occurs as a result of a car crash when the head moves in a fast, uncontrolled way in many possible directions. The forwards-backwards movement is described in a classic “whiplash” injury but side-to-side, rotational, or a combination of movements often occur, especially if we add in the factor of the head being turned [..]