Whiplash Injury

Pain & Injury on October 23rd, 2010 No Comments

The most  common form of Whiplash is typically associated with a motor vehicle collision (MVC). The scientific literature explains that even low speed impact can have lasting effects upon the health of the cervical spine as well as resulting psychological consequences. The top three  factors which determine the severity of injury from a (MVC) are the following: 1) Rear end impact 2) Head rotation 3) Element of surprise. Muscle, ligament, disc, bone and joint injuries can result from this type of hyperextension/hyperflexion trauma. Most manual practitioners do a pretty good job addressing the large muscles involved in a (MVC) which include the Upper Trapezius, Sternocleidomastoid, Splenius Capitis, Levator Scapulae, and Scalenes. The most overlooked muscles involved in a Whiplash injury include the Sternohyoid, Geniohyoid, Mylohyoid, Thyrohyoid, Longus Capitis and Longus Colli. I would love to hear some discussion on how practitioners are approaching the treatment of the these overlooked muscles.

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