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How Posture And Reclining Your Seat Can Make A Difference In An Auto Accident Resulting In Whiplash

Feb 24, 2022 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

Posture assessment can be a key component of the chiropractic examination, and the posture of the head and neck is especially important for someone recovering from whiplash.

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Forward head carriage describes a state in which the head sits more forward on the shoulders than it should which, over time can create what we like to call a hump back. In order for the muscles in the neck and shoulders to keep the head upright, they must work harder. This added strain can increase one’s risk for neck pain and headaches, which is why retraining posture is a key component to the management of neck pain and headaches in patients with or without a history of whiplash. Check the link below to see how whiplash and mild traumatic brain injury are similar.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33529694/

Forward head carriage also increases the distance between the back of the head and the headrest in the seated position, especially when the seat is reclined. In a rear-end collision, a gap greater than a half an inch between the head rest and the back of the head increases the probability of injury due to the greater distance the head can hyperextend as it rebounds backwards into the headrest.  This makes posture correction of forward head carriage an important aspect of treatment both in a sense of prevention and curative manner.

So, if you have had a car accident in Fort Myers and you have neck pain, dizziness, vertigo, or imbalance and type in pain management near me, whiplash, or even car accident lawyer you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “Do I need an MRI scan of my neck or a DTI (Diffusion Tensor Imaging) of my brain for traumatic brain injury (TBI) detection and documentation”?

Also, if you feel arm or leg pain it may indicate things are getting worse and” may indicate a bulge on the disc or worse yet a herniated disc in your neck and/or back. Shoulder pain is very common with whiplash and could require conservative treatment right away to avoid injections or worse yet, surgery.  A foggy brain may indicate a mild traumatic brain injury, thus the potential need for a DTI (Diffusion Tensor Imaging).  Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional. 

Check out what the experts say about chiropractic care for whiplash here:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9921598/

If you would like to avoid chronic whiplash symptoms in the first place or to take a proactive approach to your health and wellness, our membership program called Club C may be just the thing for you with great cost savings, convenience, and even more importantly, a plan to get your health back and keep it.

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 Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at Coast Chiropractic Centers at (239) 278-3344 or stop by on your day off for a walk in first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or Class IV high-intensity laser treatment and we will submit the bills to your auto carrier for payment.

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