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Eye Exercises for the Whiplash Patient

Whiplash associated disorder (WAD) has been known to affect nerve function, which can manifest as several symptoms, including visual problems. If the initial chiropractic examination reveals altered ocular function, the patient’s chiropractor may recommend a variety of eye-specific exercises to aid in the healing process. Blinking: When using a screened device, blinking essentially rests the […]

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Whiplash and the Eyes

When a patient with whiplash associated disorders (WAD) presents for chiropractic care, they may undergo a series of tests, including an examination that looks at the movement of the eyes. Why is this necessary, and what can it tell their doctor of chiropractic? The sudden acceleration/deceleration that occurs during a whiplash event—such as a motor […]

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A Missing Link to Chronic Whiplash

While there’s an abundance of published work on whiplash associated disorders (WAD), one of the most perplexing issues facing investigators is why nearly half of patients experience long-term, chronic issues. However, new research suggests that we may be closer to determining why this is the case and which patients may be at greatest risk so […]

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The Spinal Cord and Whiplash Injuries

When a whiplash event occurs—such as a motor vehicle collision—the rapid back and forth motion of the head can injure the bones, muscles, ligaments, joints, and nerves (including the spinal cord) in the neck leading to the collection of symptoms known as whiplash associated disorders (WAD). While about 50% of those injured can expect a […]

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The Whiplash and Concussion Relationship

Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) share symptoms such as neck pain, headache, dizziness, concentration deficits (mental fog), noise/light sensitivity, and fatigue. Given these common symptoms and the proximity of the head and neck, these conditions may be related. However, the current state of the literature and educational process continues to separate […]

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Whiplash Challenges & Chiropractic Care

The term whiplash refers to a sudden forward (acceleration) and backward (deceleration) movement that results in hyperextension of the cervical spine. This process can injure the various soft tissues in proximity of the neck, which can lead to a wide collection of symptoms that fall under the umbrella term whiplash associated disorders (WAD). While this […]

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The Challenge of Whiplash-Associated Vertigo

In addition to more common symptoms like neck pain and stiffness, the whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) patient may also experience vertigo or dizziness. However, the link between vertigo and WAD is somewhat controversial. In 2021, a team of international researchers published a meta-analysis (a review of previously published studies) entitled “The Enduring Controversy of Cervicogenic Vertigo, […]

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Whiplash Prevention Strategies that Benefit Everyone

Not only do whiplash associated disorders affect an individual’s health and wellbeing but they can also impact their family and society overall. With that in mind, let’s discuss strategies to reduce the prevalence of automobile collisions and the severity of injury when a car crash does occur. On a community and government level, ways to […]

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Are X-Rays Always Necessary for Whiplash?

X-ray has been a very important diagnostic tool since its discovery by W.C. Röntgen in 1895. It provided a non-invasive means to peer inside the body, which opened the doors to better diagnostic and treatment decisions by clinicians. Over 100 years later, x-rays are still in common use in healthcare settings, including chiropractic offices, to […]

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