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this is a quick video that describes the common symptoms following whiplash. The symptoms are as follows: neck pain 92%, headache 57%, suttee 56%, shoulder pain 49%, anxiety 44%, interscapular pain 42%. There are also other symptoms, slightly less frequent, that are often not associated with whiplash. These include low back pain at 39%, sleep disturbance at 39%, upper limb peers these jets or pins and needles at 30%, sensitivity to noise shows 29% of people having whiplash feel sensitive to noise. other symptoms include impaired concentration experienced by 26% of the whiplash people, blurred vision experienced by 21%, irritability 21%, dysphasia or difficulty in swallowing at 16%, dizziness at 15%, forgetfulness at 15%, upper limb pain is felt in 12% of people experiencing whiplash or auto accident injuries and seen here at Kennedy chiropractic in Boulder Colorado. We also have upper limb weakness patients usually seen around 6% of the total, ringing in the ears also known as tinnitus at 4% and jaw and facial pain or TMJ pain at four or more percent.
another interesting symptom complex seen often in auto accident cases here in Boulder Colorado is that of referred pain. When the neck is injured in whiplash injury the to set showings at the back and neck are often compressed initially as the head is thrown backwards, and then stretched as the chain comes forward striking the chest. This stretching and compression of the facet joints can cause referred pain that is felt in many places including the arms shoulder and the upper back. For example C-5 is an area most commonly injured in whiplash and the C-5 segment referred zone goes down the back of the neck to the tops of the shoulders and sometimes even down into the front of the chest. Frequently patients wonder why they’re having pain so low while I work in their next hearing Boulder, and I described to them that the referred pain pattern is really coming from their neck and their brain misinterpreting their upper back pain as upper back pain when it is really originating in the neck.
A good chiropractor, Boulder Colorado has many, will always do a thorough examination in order to determine the exact location of the “pain generator”
Dr. Doug Kennedy, working with both acupuncture and chiropractic techniques has studied extensively and performs a very thorough exam looking at all of these symptoms.
the nerve roots of the spine can be injured in a whiplash accident, and this can create direct dermatome type pain patterns that are more linear and are directly rated related to the nerve as it exits the spine and travels out into the upper back, shoulders and arms. If you’ve ever hit your “funnybone” you know what that type of pain feels like as it radiates down into your little finger and part of the ring finger. You have hippity ulnar nerve at the elbow and the pain you feel is a nerve pain that follows a dermatome pattern. The referred pain from the facet joints in the neck is a deep dull achy pattern that is not quite as easy to define as the dermatome pain.
In this video Dr. Kennedy thoroughly describes the differences between the referred pain pattern and the dermatome patterns and how they directly relate to car accident injury, whiplash injury, headaches, and the various other pains he sees in the folder chiropractic office Kennedy chiropractic and acupuncture. If you would like to learn more please visit the website at
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