Whiplash Injury

whip_lash.jpgWhiplash occurs in nearly one third of all motor vehicle accidents that are rear end collisions. Biomechanics, the study of how mechanical forces affect living organisms, is useful in explaining how even a "minor" rear end collision can result in a serious injury.

Possible Whiplash Dangers

  • hyperexntesion of the head and neck backwards
  • can cause tearing of the front muscles and ligaments of neck.
  • possible disc herniations and fractures are a great concern.
  • concussions / contusions of the head

Get Treatment, Don't Suffer from Whiplash

Sixty-six to 70% of those suffering from whiplash complain of headache. The pain may be on one side or both, on again off again or constant, in one spot or more general. These headaches, like the neck pain, are often the result of tightened, tensed muscles trying to keep the head stable and, like tension headaches, they are often felt behind the eyes.

Muscle tears are often described as burning pain, prickling or tingling. More severe disc damage may cause sharp pain with certain movements, with or without radiation into the arms, hand and fingers, which are relieved by holding your hand over your head. Shoulder pain often described as pain radiating down the back of the neck into the shoulder blade area, may also be the result of tensed muscles.

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Whiplash biomechanics of a common rear end collision can be understood as a sequence of events, each following the other. Newton's First Law states that, "An object remains at rest or in a state of motion in a straight line unless it is acted upon by an outside force." To put this into practical terms, if you are sitting in your car at a stop light ("at rest") and are then struck by another vehicle from behind, ("acted upon by an outside force"), you will immediately not be ("at rest") anymore. 

In this common scenario of whiplash-type injuries, your car is propelled forward, and as you sit in your seat with your torso supported by the car seat, it too goes forward. What doesn't go forward in that split second is your head. It generally stays where it is, but relative to your torso, it travels backward as your car travels forward.  Have you ever had someone come from behind you and push you between your shoulder blades, and felt your head go backwards? Whiplash biomechanics are just like that, only much more severe.

  1. Report the Accident to the "Collision Reporting CentreCollision Reporting Centre

  2. Contact us for a FREE Consultation

Remember, help is near to home. If you are concerned about your health or considering care for a whiplash injury. At MyHealth here in Mississauga you can count on us. We look forward to evaluate your health and offer you the best treatment or alternatives. We are conveniently located in Streetsville and Port Credit Village in Mississauga.

We offer complimentary consultations so that you can discover natural solutions for your health.

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