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Posted on 07-19-2013

Baltimore Whiplash and S-Shaped Cervical Curves

The normal anatomy of the neck (cervical spine) is a C-shaped curve. In rear-end auto accidents that result in whiplash prevailing thought was that getting struck from behind would result in a hyperextension/hyperflexion injury of the neck. That is, first the neck would extend all the way backwards and then it would rebound and hyperflex all the way until the chin touches the chest.

Research has shown that in the milliseconds during a rear-end auto accident the cervical spine actually forms an S-Shaped curve. This is important because it explains why patients with neck pain following an auto accident typically present with pain at the base and the apex of their necks.

During the 150 milliseconds of the rear-end impact the lower part of the neck hyperextends and simultaneously the upper part of the neck hyperflexes, creating an S-Shaped curve. This places extra stress and strain on sensitive tendons, ligaments, discs, and other connective tissue that normal exist in a C-shaped curve formation. The result is inflammation that leads to pain.

Baltimore Chiropractors, such as myself, routinely treat patients with whiplash in Baltimore resulting from auto accidents in Baltimore. If you, or anyone you know needs treatment for a Baltimore auto accident please do not hesitate to contact Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic at (443) 842-5500. We would be glad to help!

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