Everyone’s heard of whiplash but why can it become a long-term problem? The mechanism behind whiplash is your lower cervical spine (your neck) over-extends before full neck extension. Often times the supraspinous ligament is torn. This is a ligament that lies inbetween the spinous processes along your spine.
Negative consequences from whiplash may occur in vehicles moving as slow as 9 mph!!
Defensively, a person shifts the weight-bearing portion from the facet joints to the front part of the disc. This causes a degenerative effect and may lead the tearing of the disc and buckling. The facet joints are the most common pain generators in chronic whiplash injury.
Chiropractic has been seen instrumental in the improvement of this condition and in helping avoid progression to a chronic condition.