Whiplash Chiropractor in Bellevue: Whiplash Injuries

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is the term used to define the actions which a head goes through when one is involved in an auto accident or some sports injury or even a work-related injury, wherein the head is thrust forward or backward violently and usually without much volitional control of the victim.

The term nowadays tends to have a negative connotation to it. 

But basically the term is used to describe the motion of the head in a violent accident. It tends to snap forward or backward much like a whip. It is usually violent and painful. 

Nowadays we call whiplash, "hyper-extension" or "hyper-flexion". One word indicates the sudden motion of the head forward and one means the movement backwards. These two terms are more exact as some sports injuries or auto accidents do not have backward motion or don't have forward motion.

There are ways to avoid whiplash and I always do my best to teach patients how to best wear their seatbelt and set their headrest in order to avoid some of the more dramatic injuries brought about due to whiplash (aka: hyper-flexion or hyper-extension).

Even a 5 mph impact can cause whiplash. Helmet to helmet impacts in football can cause severe, undiagnosed hyper-flexion and hyper-extension.  I always encourage people to just come and see me if they are in any doubt about whether they have whiplash or not.

-Dr. Edward Owens D.C.