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What is whiplash?

What is whiplash?

Chiropractor Vero Beach, Fl.- When there is a car accident, one car weighing somewhere around 5000 pounds hits another car weighing 5000 pounds traveling somewhere around 20-30 mph. This impact creates a tremendous amount of energy. This energy is transferred from one vehicle to another and is slightly absorbed with the impact. Some of the energy is absorbed by the vehicle’s outer shell bending and crushing. That energy can also be absorbed by the people in the car. Everybody’s head is not strapped down, so the head tends to move back and forth at a very high rate is speed. This is called an acceleration/deceleration injury or whiplash injury. Small tears are created in the ligaments and muscles of the spine and that’s called soft tissue damage. These tears or whiplash makes us sore after an accident and can also give us headaches or numbness in the arms or legs. It is important to allow these tears to heal properly and with the correct range of motion so that these problems don’t become permanent. Chiropractic is a great way for treatment of these problems or recognition of things that need further evaluation by an orthopedic. You DO NOT need a referral to see a chiropractor for treatment after an accident. Dr. Thomas Harmody is a chiropractor at Vero Walk-In Chiropractic and Wellness in Vero Beach Fl.

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