Why slow speed crashes cause long-term pain

Posted on September 1, 2016 · Posted in Health, Office News

It is another ordinary day and you are idling in traffic when—out of nowhere—another vehicle crashes into your rear bumper.

At the moment of impact, your head immediately begins to lag behind the rest of your body as your body lunges forward with your car. Your body quickly stops due to your seatbelt but your head is now coming forward catching up to your body’s new position. The whipping motion your neck experiences is similar to a whip being cracked, hence the term “whiplash.”

The whipping motion you experienced is over in microseconds. You step out of your car, already worrying about damage to your vehicle. Thankfully, you were at a full stop and the other driver was slowing prior to impact, so there is no visible damage. If your car is fine, you must be too, right?

Wrong.

Many people assume they cannot have whiplash if their car was not severely damaged. In reality, the material in your car is designed to absorb energy from impacts at low speeds. If your rear bumper did not crumple, that energy was directly transferred to you and may result in a neck injury.

If you have developed neck or back pain after a “minor” car accident, please consider scheduling a consultation at Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic. With his advanced training, Dr. Thomas is able to diagnosis, treat and manage your injuries, and put you on the path toward optimal health.