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Auto Accident Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash injury is spinal damage caused by the deceleration or acceleration with hyperflexion or hyperextension of the neck, and occurs due to the muscles’ lack of time to brace themselves from the acceleration/deceleration.  Dr. Rubanenko specializes in treating whiplash injuries, auto accident injuries and bicycle accident injuries. Whiplash injuries are very common in car accidents.

If you have been involved in a car accident, whiplash injuries need to be taken very seriously. Symptoms from a car accident and whiplash can include anything from radiating pain into the shoulder, elbow pain, wrist pain or hand pain, lower back pain, headaches, jaw pain and more, and can take up to a few months to notice. Whiplash is especially damaging because the failure to treat it can cause chronic pain and arthritis occurring up to 12 years following an auto accident.

Dr. Rubanenko, DC is trained in the treatment of victims of auto accidents and motorcycle accidents. If you have been involved in an accident please contact us immediately for a same or next-day appointment to speed up your healing process.

Injuries from Whiplash Trauma

Whiplash injuries have varying symptoms including neck pain, headaches, fatigue, upper back and shoulder pain, and low back pain. Due to the fact that numerous factors play into the overall whiplash trauma, such as direction of impact, speed of the vehicles involved, as well as sex, age and physical condition, whiplash symptoms commonly have a delayed onset, often taking weeks or months to become evident.

A number of conditions those who have suffered from whiplash trauma experience include:

Neck Pain

  • Neck pain is the single most common complaint reported by our patients who have experienced whiplash trauma. Often the pain radiates across the shoulders, up into the head, and down between the shoulder blades. Whiplash injuries tend to affect all of the tissues in the neck, including the facet joints and discs between the vertebrae, as well as all of the muscles, ligaments and nerves. Take the time and get treated by us!

  • Disc injury is also a common cause of neck pain, especially chronic pain. The outer wall of the disc can be torn during a whiplash trauma.

Headaches

  • After neck pain, headaches are the second most common complaint from those suffering from whiplash injury. While some headaches are actually the result of direct brain injury, most are related to injury of the muscles, ligaments and facet joints of the cervical spine, which refer pain to the head.

TMJ Pain

  • A less common, but very debilitating disorder that results from whiplash, is temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). TMJ usually begins as pain along with clicking and popping noises in the jaw during movement. Dr. Rubanenko is specially trained to treat TMJ problems.

Lower Back Pain

  • Most people consider whiplash to be an injury of the neck. However, the lower back is also commonly injured as well. In fact, low back pain is found in more than half of rear impact-collisions in which injury was reported, and almost three-quarters of all side-impact crashes. This is mostly due to the fact that the low back still experiences a tremendous compression.

Healing from Whiplash Injury

  • With proper care, many mild whiplash injuries heal within six to nine months. Whiplash is a unique condition that requires the expertise of a skilled health professional specially trained to work with these types of injuries

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care utilizes manual manipulation of the spine to restore the normal movement and position of the spinal vertebrae. It is by far, the single-most effective treatment for minimizing the long-term impact of whiplash injuries, especially when coupled with massage therapy, trigger point therapy, exercise rehabilitation and other soft tissue rehabilitation modalities by Dr. Rubanenko.