Whiplash, also known by its medical term cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD) injury, usually occurs when the neck and head are forced backwards and then forwards. This movement causes severe stress on the cervical spine. Whiplash is most commonly caused by car accidents when a person has been hit from behind. Although uncommon, whiplash can also occur from bungee jumping, assault, roller-coasters or falls from high-speed sports such as skiing.
It is not uncommon for whiplash injuries to accompany chest strains (sternum strains) as a result of the direct trauma caused by the restraint of the seatbelt.
Unfortunately, there is still very little known about whiplash dysfunction from current medical research. The approach taken by most medical professionals focuses primary on pain control through medication. We have seen too many clients who have been on very strong and potent pain medication, which incapacitated them from normal daily function and yet still not offering any relief.
“What most health practitioners and even medical specialists do not understand is that whiplash injury is not a pure muscle and joint dysfunction. The most frustrating thing for clients is that many medical professionals look at an X-Ray or MRI with minimal findings and have been told there is nothing wrong and simply were dismissed or downplayed. They do not understand and cannot explain how or why the symptoms are behaving the way they are. We have seen clients that feel scared, helpless, angry, frustrated and in despair too many times. It seems like no one understands them! ” – Leo, Spinal Consultant, The Brisbane Spine Clinic.
Here at The Brisbane Spine Clinic, we understand whiplash injuries more than what’s on the surface. We understand how it impacts your life!
Clinically, we have observed that whiplash dysfunction resembles many features of nerve pain conditions, and many instances can impact on our body’s balance system and visual system as well.
Pain intensity and frequency usually are magnified un-proportionally to the injury, while psychological and social factors have been shown to impact on the symptoms as well.
Usually, a prolonged period of a sustained position (such as sitting, driving, standing, sleeping or walking) and even colder weather can bring on symptoms or aggravate them. Sometimes symptom intensity can fluctuate and some clients may report poor sleep quality, which can also impact on recovery and treatment results.
In certain severe cases, clients may even have flashbacks and nightmares of the motor vehicle accident, or suffer from panic attacks (hyperventilate, distress, pass out) when encountering similar circumstances of the motor vehicle accident. These symptoms may change how your pain behaves and requires professional psychological consults to ensure optimal progress.
We understand you want to improve your quality of life and we work with a wide range of other allied health professionals to look after all facets your health.