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Whiplash - The Silent Epidemy.

Whiplash is in Scandinavia a heavily underreported and often ill-understood problem, leading many of its victims to lead lives of quiet desperation, batteling a problem they don't know much about, their doctors don't understand and some claim doesn't even exist.

Many come to us with symptoms of pain, headaches, etc which have been long standing and gradually worsening. They are getting increasingly more tired, less tolerant of noice and stress, having more and more problems with concentration and memory - the world is closing in on them, and they don't know why.

People with these kinds of symptoms can often tell of a car accident, fall from a horse (or other significant injury) in which they felt mildly to moderately hurt immediately after but rarely something they spent time in the hospital for.

Yet, when we check their neck, shoulders and related systems, we find ample evidence of significant trauma to muscles, joints and supporting tissues, marked problems in joint mechanics and other objective indicators that we lead us to look for significant trauma in the past history.

Acute Whiplash.

Acute whiplash is the easiest to diagnose and treat. The mechanisms of injury are fresh in memory and the effects on the body have not had a chance to settle in for the long term. After a thorough evaluation, the goal here is to restore normal biomechanics of the neck, back, ribs and jaw (TM joint).

Chronic Whiplash

In chronic whiplash, the longstanding mechanical problems of the spine have succeded in causing adaptations in the nerve system (e.g. hyperaferentation and facilitation) causing the brain to be flooded with a constant tsunami of signals from damaged joints via newly established neurological pathways, created specifically to conduct pain. Here, the task is much more difficult and time consuming.