Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Orem Chiropractor - R. Ned McArthur, D.C. Discusses Neck Pain & Car Accident Injuries

Whiplash is a condition where the neck and shoulders are whipped forward and backward or side to side, depending on where the impact took place. This whipping movement can either strain or tear ligaments, tendons and muscles.

Neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, numbness, tingling, headaches, muscle tightness, stiffness are all common symptoms in car accident injuries.

Seat belts will save your life and it’s against the law in most states not to wear your seat belt. Seat belts also help prevent you from slamming into the steering wheel, dashboard, console and other parts of the car. Having said that though, seat belts are what produce whiplash injuries. Imagine sitting in your car with your seat belt on. The shoulder harness locks your shoulder in place, such that when your car impacts another object your shoulders don’t move, but the head and neck move freely. This is what produces the whipping affect of the neck.

Most times it’s the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) that are injured. There can also be damage to nerves. More severe injuries can include, fractures, dislocations, disc herniation's, and even brain injury.

Research shows that under standard medical care that only about 50% return to pre accident status and 10-12% will develop chronic or on going symptoms. Research also show that more often than not it’s younger people who get in these accidents, which means there is a lot of quality of life that is lost.

This is why being evaluated by your Orem Chiropractor – R. Ned McArthur, D.C. is so critical. These injuries can be very painful, debilitating and long lasting. Also, because of the build of scar tissue symptoms may not be felt until days, weeks or even months later. If you’ve been in an accident visit with “Dr Ned” he will help you identify your injuries, and get lasting relief, preventing long lasting effects of your injuries, just like he has for hundreds and hundreds of other car accident victims.

Orem Chiropractor - R. Ned McArthur, D.C. | 801-225-1311 | http://www.AskDrNed.com | specializes in restoring your quality of health, increasing your well-being, and getting you pain free again.

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