Whiplash injuries can occur during forced flexion and extension motions to the cervical spine (e.g. motor vehicle accidents, sporting injuries). Following a whiplash injury, it is common for people to experience pain, stiffness or tenderness, along with a reduction in neck range of motion.
Currently, it has been identified that 50% of whiplash sufferers will experience ongoing symptoms one year following the initial injury.
What a chiropractic WAD assessment might look like:
- Comprehensive history of the condition
- Physical assessment of neck, head and shoulder regions
- Neuro-orthopaedic examination
- Vestibular examination
What chiropractic treatment for WAD might include:
Chiropractic care and management may include spinal manipulative techniques, soft tissue therapy, exercise therapy and vestibular rehabilitation.
Chiropractic care is focused initially on reducing pain and muscle tension, restoring movement and regaining function of the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems.