A ten-mile-an-hour collison is equivalent to catching a two-hundred-pound bag of cement dropped from a second-story window (Science Digest - February 1985). Rear-end auto collisions are the most frequent cause of cervical spine injuries, according to clinical studies. Approximately 85 percent of cervical spine disorders are the result of auto crashes. Only, about 15 percent of these crash injuries resulted from head-on or side collisions. 

The amount of damage to the crashing auto is not a reliable indicator of the damage to the passengers. Most cervical disorders start with sprains, and most sprains are caused by the action of the eight-to twelve-pound human head, as it snaps backward during a rear-end crash. 
This head-snapping action can produce muscle tears, ligament stetching and damage to the spine, particularily the fourth, fifth and sixth vertebrae in the neck. 
The position of the head and neck at the time the force is applied determines to some extent the site of injury. The structures which are relaxed may receive less injury than those which are taut or stretched. 
Thus, injury in a side collsion may be to the side of the neck opposite the impact. Side collisions cause a sudden lateral bending and rotation of the neck toward the side of impact, and then to the opposite side. 
Sprained or torn ligaments and joint capsules result in an inflammatory reaction. It can cause minute hemorrhages and continued, even prolonged, blood leakage. The inflam­mation may persist for months or years. 
The injury results most often in scarring, which is the usual residual of tissue damage, Tissue repair in the cervical area is slow, probably because of the major blood supply. Under the ideal circumstances, the usual healing time is six to eight weeks. 
The scar tissue which forms is less elastic than normal tissue, which means there may be continued neck stiffness. 
People involved in all auto accidents, particularily if they have been of the rear-end variety, are urged to contact a chiropractor for a complete examination. 
To put it simply, to ignore whiplash is to play with fire. 
Symptoms of whiplash may be: neck pain on turning or bending the neck; fatigue or spasm on looking down for extended periods of time; sore throat three to four days after the injury (from tearing of the esophagus). Many people suffer with moderate and severe numbness and tingling down the arms. Sometimes there is pain i'n the upper back. Over fifty percent suffer with low back pain as the entire spine gets wrenched from the impact force. 
It is critical to realign the spine and restore normal mobility to the vertebrae after a whiplash. Without expert Chiropractic care too many people suffer with years of neck pain, stiffness, headache and disability. 
Don't wait until permanent damage develops. 

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