ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Myths and the Reality About Whiplash Injury

Updated on March 25, 2010
Whiplash happens when your head moves unexpectedly and violently back and forth. (c) hopkins.portfolio.crushlovely.com
Whiplash happens when your head moves unexpectedly and violently back and forth. (c) hopkins.portfolio.crushlovely.com
Whiplash is often a consequence of rear-end car collisions. (c) automotive-res.com
Whiplash is often a consequence of rear-end car collisions. (c) automotive-res.com

Unfortunately, the accelerated rhythm of our busy modern lifestyle has many negative consequences. The extremely intense traffic is one of them. No matter how hard we try to drive carefully, there are so many vehicles on the road that sometimes it’s impossible to avoid a collision, especially when it is caused by another person’s careless driving.

As we all know, the outcomes of car accidents are different: from insignificant bumper scratches and minor injuries to severe damages and lost lives.

Whiplash is a neck injury that happens very often during vehicle collisions, especially when your car gets hit from behind. It can also happen during high-impact sports, dancing and other dynamic activities, when the body and the neck can suffer a violent sudden movement.

Every year, there are millions of people suffering from whiplash injury. Most lack the necessary knowledge that will help them get a better treatment, a faster recovery and a fair compensation for their pain and their financial loses.

It's hard to detect a whiplash injury on regular x-rays. (c) neckwhiplash.com
It's hard to detect a whiplash injury on regular x-rays. (c) neckwhiplash.com
(c) caraccidentslawyers.com.au
(c) caraccidentslawyers.com.au
A cervical collar is not always recommended for treating whiplash. (c) www.footlevelers.com
A cervical collar is not always recommended for treating whiplash. (c) www.footlevelers.com

There are many myths about whiplash injury that can affect both your health and your chances of getting a compensation. I will try to uncover the truth behind them.

1st Myth: No visible traumas - no whiplash injury.

Many people think that if their MRI scans or x-rays don’t show any signs of trauma, it means they don’t have a whiplash injury. This may be true in case of a broken arm, for example. However, whiplash is different. Being mostly an injury of the soft tissues, it’s rarely possible to detect it with the help of regular tests. At the same time, an incorrect diagnosis can cause a worsening of the patient’s condition, leading to more deterioration of his neck muscles, tendons and ligaments. In some cases, the complications can also affect the spinal joints and disks.

2nd Myth: No immediate symptoms - no real whiplash.

Some people believe that if you don’t feel pain, stiffness and discomfort immediately after the accident, than you don’t have a serious injury. This is not always true. The symptoms of whiplash can manifest after a few days or weeks from the incident, even in severe forms.

3rd Myth: No visible vehicle damages - no whiplash compensation.

This myth is one of the most popular, affecting mostly your financial situation - you spend a lot on treatment, thinking at the same time that you don’t deserve any compensation since your car is unscratched. When dealing with this matter, let’s not forget that our car is one thing, and our neck is something totally different. Modern cars have strong bumpers that can resist even in severe collisions, while the soft tissues of your neck can be easily damaged by an unexpected movement during a light impact.

4th Myth: No proof - no injury.

After many car crashes, there are special ‘accident reconstructions’ conducted. During such procedures, using numbers and specific tests, the specialists may ‘prove’ that a certain collision could not result in whiplash injury. However, no matter how exact they are, mathematical calculations cannot take into account everything and squeeze all the details of real life into a formula. Even if reconstructionists say that there is no way you could suffer a whiplash injury, your trauma could still be severe.

5th Myth: Wearing a cervical collar is mandatory in cases of whiplash.

The first thing you should do in case you suffer a car accident is go see a doctor. Immediately! He/she is the only one who can objectively assess your injuries and prescribe a corresponding treatment. Sometimes the treatment requires wearing a cervical collar for a certain time. However, the most recent medical researches have proved that the total immobilization of the neck muscles is actually slowing down the healing process. More and more specialists prescribe special neck exercises for patients with whiplash instead of wearing collars. Chiropractic treatment is also very effective, accelerating the full recovery by working directly on the affected muscles and joints.

If you suffered a whiplash injury, don’t believe the first rumors you hear! Make a thorough research and study the real facts that will help you get a fast recovery and a decent compensation.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Katrina Ariel profile image

      Katrina Ariel 

      8 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

      You're very welcome! It's so great that more natural perspectives on healing are available, and that more people are becoming informed and participating in making decisions about their health.

    • miragerainy profile imageAUTHOR

      miragerainy 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for the great comment, Katrina! I agree with you and with the chiropractors who recommend gentle massage and special exercises so the neck will heal naturally.

    • Katrina Ariel profile image

      Katrina Ariel 

      8 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

      Great idea to raise the awareness of whiplash injury! I think it's widely misunderstood. From my experience in yoga therapy (disclaimer: I'm not a doctor - this is not advice and is purely informational), I agree that the neck brace isn't generally the best way to go, chiefly because it flattens the natural curve of the neck, and then doesn't support the muscles, plus it isolates an area that really needs attention.

      For any injury, (again, from my experience) the best way to heal is to return the body to its optimal alignment and calm the trauma. For whiplash that means restoring the natural curve of the neck and 'hugging' in the muscles and fascia around the area of the injury. So you could use your hands and sweetly but firmly 'hug' (press) your hands around the back of the neck while lifting the chin and then influencing the neck up slightly. First curve, then length. Which is the opposite from what neck braces do, which is just lengthening the neck without creating the natural curve.

      That's my two cents, and a different perspective. Again, great hub to help people understand this common issue in more detail.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)