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Auto Injury… Do I have a Whiplash?

A whiplash injury occurs when the spine is accelerated quickly, and often abruptly, back and forth in response to an impact, or several impacts.

We see whiplash injuries, in our clinic, most commonly relating to car accidents, athletic sport injuries and falls.

Commonly, the initial impact will accelerate a body part faster than the brain can give a protective muscle guarding response to protect the joints of the spine or extremity.

As a result, the body suffers spinal injuries first, and has to deal with symptoms such as, pain, soreness, tingling, numbness, stiffness, loss of range of motion and an inability, or compromise, in performing tasks of everyday living.

Many Portland car accident cases will end up at an emergency room, where fractures and internal bleeding will be ruled out, and medication given for pain. Many cases are then sent back out of the hospital, because they do not have these emergency concerns.

Some Portland Car Accident cases will find their way to a General Practitioner of Medicine, who will give them a general exam, some appropriate medication and, maybe, a referral to a Chiropractor or Physical Therapist.

Most General Practitioners are not trained in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of Whiplash injuries. While they will do their best to help alleviate pain with medications, they may miss the diagnosis and/or be hazy on any follow up treatment. Read on below for more clarity on whiplash injuries.

Signs and symptoms of a whiplash injury to the spine are many:

  • Neck, back, shoulder, wrist, foot and/or knee pain that exists after the accident or is different than it was prior to the accident.

  • Headaches, nausea or brain fog.

  • Pain with chewing, swallowing, opening/closing mouth

  • Numbness / Tingling / Pain in the arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet or toes.

  • Weakness or loss of grip strength/arm strength/ foot strength.

  • Inability to remember events. Forgetfulness.

  • Dizzy spells. Dizziness with changes in head position.

  • Ringing or buzzing in the ears

  • Loss of balance

Just one of these symptoms may point to the fact that you have sustained a Whiplash injury.

Some symptoms may not come on for weeks following the injury.

Dr. Simon Agger is a specialist in treating auto accident cases in Portland, Oregon.

You do not need a referral to see him to find out how he can help you. Dr Agger will work with any pain medications you have been prescribed, perform a thorough examination, perform X-ray and other imaging, if necessary.

Dr Agger will tell you the nature of your injury and what you need to do to help it get better. He will focus on decreasing your pain and stiffness (inflammation), while increasing your functional activities, through gentle, safe and effective chiropractic adjustments, injury specific massage and exercise therapy that is individually geared to regaining your function caused by your auto-injury.

Dr Agger has a wide range of qualified, experienced Doctors throughout the Portland area to assist with your care, tried and trusted over the 17 years he has been treating Auto accidents in Portland, should your case benefit from their expertise, so that you receive the best possible input from the best doctors.

Now you know what a whiplash injury is, what to look for, and how to get help……..Call 503 236 1304