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What Happens When You Don't Fix a Whiplash Injury?

Plenty of research has been done with conclusive evidence that humans were never meant to withstand a car accident at any speed. It has been found that a whiplash injury can occur at speeds as low as five miles per hour. This means that a “minor car accident” seven years ago could still be affecting you today. So how do you know if you sustained a whiplash injury?

Until recently, we did not know the detrimental effects of a whiplash injury on our overall health. Most problems caused by a whiplash injury do not surface for many months and often years following an accident. Most of the time, the whiplash injury doesn’t surface until well after we have settled and closed the case with the insurance company, leaving the incurred health care costs to you.

sEMG AtlasIf a whiplash injury leads to so many detrimental effects, why don’t we notice it right away? Whiplash injuries cause subtle injuries to the brain stem. The accumulative stress and subtleness of the injury to the brain stem is what makes a whiplash so dangerous.

The brain stem is the master control system of the body, regulating all bodily functions. When the brain stem is injured, the overall regulation of the body suffers. Most of the time, the injury will decrease overall function by less than a percent! This is why symptoms rarely surface in the first 12-18 months following an injury. As the injury compounds, the stress compounds and can decrease the overall function by 60%.

Common symptoms correlated with whiplash injuries include and not limited to:

  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Balance Issues, Vertigo and Nausea
  • Digestive Issues and Stomach Ulcers
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Neck Pain, Back Pain and Sciatic Nerve Irritation
  • Chronic Fatigue and Sleep Issues

So how do we find a whiplash injury?
Whenever an injury is present, the body leaves clues. As mentioned above, symptoms are not always a reliable source. At LIV Chiropractic, we specialize in the detection and correction of the damage that relates to whiplash injury. We can look into this by pairing an Electromyography and a Heart Rate Variability reading. These two parameters have been able to help us locate and correct hundreds of whiplash injuries.

“This is huge”, states Dr. Scott Hawkins, a neurological chiropractor at LIV Chiropractic in Edina, MN, “Being able to monitor the effects of a whiplash injury is something that we have been focused on for a long, long time and this technology allows us to do it.”

“Correcting a whiplash injury isn’t difficult to do, it just takes time and precision”, states Dr. Scott. “We have been able to help numerous people get their health back on track and even more importantly, keep them away from some of the problems that are inevitable if we don’t correct this now.”

“If you have been in a car accident, if you have had a fall or a sports injury, do not hesitate to get this checked out. Pressure on the brain stem is a serious condition and should be corrected immediately.” -Dr. Scott of LIV Chiropractic

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