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Spinal Condition – Whiplash

Quick links for Spinal Conditions:
Back Pain, Pinched Nerve, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Slipped Disc,
Spinal Degeneration, Trauma, Whiplash.

You’re waiting at a stoplight and suddenly you are rear-ended!
In a split second, your body is pushed against your seat.
Your head, isolated by your neck, delays its reaction.
Then your body changes directions, moving forward to the limits of your seat belt.
Then your head is snapped backwards!
You can’t stop it.

Don’t be misled by minimal damage to your car. People react much differently than glass, plastic and metal.

Don’t be misled by minimal damage to your car. People react much differently than glass, plastic and metal.

Hidden Damage
Even a minor bingle can produce a whiplash injury such as this. It may take a day or two, months or even sometimes years for symptoms to appear. It’s tempting to minimise your own injuries because your car has sustained little or no damage. Research shows that occupants can be injured considerably more than what you’d expect from a dented fender or a broken tail light.

The Medical Solution
If you visit the hospital emergency room or your doctor, you may be given a clean bill of health because you don’t have any broken bones. You might get a prescription to reduce the pain in your neck or back.
After what you’ve been through, you’ll need a health professional that truly understands soft tissue injuries, spinal biomechanics and rehabilitation strategies.

We Can Help
Whether it was a little incident in the parking lot, or two cars attempting to occupy the same space in an intersection, you need people who know how to work with the likely outcomes.  Often, we see patients years after such an ‘slight’ accident with major damage to their neck or back.  The effects of whiplash-type injuries can often take years to present.
Specific chiropractic spinal adjustments can help restore proper motion and position of individual spinal bones and help promote proper healing.
“The longer you wait, the more unseen damage there is and the longer it takes to recover” says Dr. Anthony Papaleo.

Frequently Asked Questions:

? Why do I have pain in my arms and hands?

The nerves to the arms and hands exit the spine through the injured areas of the neck. Numbness and tingling are common. Even lower back pain can result directly from whiplash trauma or as a reaction to the loss of proper spinal curves.

? Why did my headaches start more than a week after my accident?

Whether you’ve been in an accident, stressed at work, or over-exerted yourself in the garden, your body is constantly adapting to it’s environment. When your capacity to adapt is exhausted, symptoms can appear. This can take days, weeks, months or years to occur.

? Why do minor collisions cause so much trauma to the spine?

Without getting into the laws of physics, the simple explanation is that in a more forceful automobile accident, the car itself absorbs much of the energy. In a parking lot ‘bingle’, the energy is more directly transferred to the driver and passengers.

? Will I ever be normal again?

Many chiropractic patients report improved spinal function and a reduction of their symptoms. Those who delay seeking appropriate care often discover that scar tissue and long-standing spinal instability increases the recovery period.

Appointments – Anthony Papaleo at East Bentleigh Health Group
884 Centre Road, East Bentleigh | (03) 9579 3999 |