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Articles: Car Accident

I was in a car accident a year ago and have had neck and low back pain since. Why am I still in pain?

Whiplash injuries are caused when the “soft tissue” of the spine is over stretched. This commonly occurs when the neck is forced into a sudden forceful jerking motion. The most common cause of whiplash injuries is car crashes where there is a sudden deceleration and the neck is thrown forward and back, however it can occur with many different activities. The symptoms may be mild, but if left untreated may end up being severe and long lasting. Usually we think of a whiplash as affecting only the neck but this type of injury has a dramatic influence on the entire body. Patients may experience neck pain, but may also have severe headaches, blurred vision, jaw pain, pain in the shoulders and chest, weakness, mid and low back pain and many other symptoms. Patients may experience these symptoms immediately after the injury or the pain may come on gradually over days, weeks or even months. The good news is that whiplash injuries are usually treatable by removing the underlying strain patterns that are causing the symptoms.

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