Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD)
Whiplash injuries occur when the neck is forced into sudden movement – this is most commonly associated with car collisions but can also happen during a fall or playing sport (for example snowboarding). One major problem with Whiplash Associated Disorders is that often symptoms do not develop for some time, and too often a lot of patients suffer for too long before receiving treatment.
There are varying stages of Whiplash , categorised below:
1 – Neck pain and stiffness
2 – Musculoskeletal
3 – Neurological
4 – Dislocation or fracture
Often the symptoms of Whiplash vary but may include:
- Decreased movement from the neck.
- Neck pain and stiffness.
- Pins and needles into the arms.
- Sharp/shooting pains into the neck, head or arms.
- Headaches or migraines.
At Advanced our chiropractors are specialists in diagnosing and treating the symptoms of Whiplash Associated Disorders. First, your chiropractor will carry out a thorough examination to distinguish the level of trauma and if you require any further imaging (MRI or X-Ray), before discussing the treatment options with you.
Injuries caused by whiplash can vary from simple overstretched muscles, to nerve root irritations, to discal tear or ruptures, therefore treatment from person to person will also vary. Treatments may include:
- Specific, gentle chiropractic adjustments to restore spinal motion.
- Gentle mobilisation of the spine for those who are particularly sensitive or whose injuries are moderate-severe, again to restore spinal motion.
- Muscle release techniques to decrease muscular pain and restriction.
- Dry Needling / Medical Acupuncture, to relax muscular spasm and decrease recovery time.
- Rehabilitation exercise to encourage strength and decrease likelihood of further complaints.