Injury sustained in any activity either sports related or an accident can be differentiated into two types: Acute and Chronic.
Acute injury is defined as an injury sustained suddenly during an activity e.g. an ankle sprain, lower back strain or a fractured limb. Acute injury is associated with some characteristic features including
Whiplash is described as an injury to the neck due to sudden rapid forward and backward motion resulting from trauma; which is car accident in most of the cases, but may also occur due to falls, sport related injuries or knock over head by a heavy object.
This sudden over-extension of the head and neck impacts the muscles and ligaments causing stretching and probable tearing of neck tissues. Whiplash may also involve tearing, bulging or rupture of the vertebral discs or may also cause vertebral dislocation. It may also affect the spinal cord and nerve roots passing through the space between vertebras, which may develop irritation or stretch or get pinched because of the reduced gap in between the vertebra.
Did you know that about 90% of all world-class athletes use chiropractic care to prevent injuries and increase their performance potential? What about the fact that since 2010 all 32 NFL teams provide their players and personnel chiropractic physician services for managing and preventing injuries? Chiropractors are also found working with 90% of MLB teams, majority of NHL teams, 70% of PGA golfers, and Olympic athletes.
Chiropractic care does not just work with professional athletes they also work with high school, college athletes and the weekend warrior in all of us. More than 30 million students participate in organized sports; high school athletes experience two million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year.