Have you ever wondered what its impact on the cervical spine is?
Have you ever heard of whiplash-associated disorders?
Are you interested in knowing the osteopathic point of view?
Would you like to recover from your whiplash injury?
If you answered ‘yes’ to at least one of these questions, it means this article is for you!
Let’s analyse all these details together!
- Whiplash injury and cervical spine
Whiplash is defined as an “acceleration-deceleration mechanism of energy transfer to the neck”. It could be divided into two parts. First, the impact on the neck creates hyperextension (excessive motion that creates a locking of the facet joints and stretching of the anterior/front of the neck soft tissues), then, there is a too-fast reversal motion called hyperflexion.
Whiplash can also result from sports accidents (rugby, boxing) or physical abuse (for example: shaken baby syndrome).
--> Whiplash-associated disorders
Whiplash-associated disorders include all symptoms related to the injury. These are graded in the table below.
- The Osteopathic point of view and treatment
In a whiplash injury, there is likley to be an exaggerated stress of the cardiac suspensory ligaments, which can result in an increase in the tension of the visceral fascia which surrounds the pleural cavities and the abdominal organs. This can cause respiratory and abdominal disorders. At City Osteopaths we can provide visceral manipulation to restore the motion and elasticity of the pericardial support ligaments and the connective tissue surrounding each organ.
- Tameem, A., Kapur, S. and Mutagi, H. (2014) ‘Whiplash injury’, Continuing Education in Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain, 14(4), pp. 167-170.
- Peñas, C.F., Vega, R.L., Carnero, J.F., Page, J.C.M. (2004) ‘Dorsal Manipulation in Whiplash Injury Treatment: A randomized Controlled Trial’, Journal of Whiplash and Related Disorders, 3(2), pp. 54-7