Whiplash is a term used to described what happens in a Motor Vehicle Crash. It is usually when your vehicle is struck from behind but can be the side or any other jolting force that causes rapid acceleration and deceleration of the body.

The phenomenon started years ago and was first observed when railway cars were being linked together. Passengers would notice a jolt to their bodies and couldn't explain the ensuing symptoms that in some cases took days or weeks to appear. The symptoms would include but are not limited to Neck and low back pain, jaw pain, Headaches, numbness and tingling, insomnia, mental confusion, etc. This was called Railway Spine. Soon with more and more people abandoning the railway for the auto as their means of transportation, the term whiplash was adopted.

The injuries sustained in crashes are very confusing. Patients try to equate property damage with personal injury and that is not accurate. If you have a vehicle with $15,000 worth of damage you would think that the occupants suffered serious trauma and the auto would be totaled. However, if a I told you the vehicle in the crash was a Bentley then the property damage amount make sense. It is impossible to predict the human threshold for injury in a motor vehicle crash. There are too many variables.

What we do know is that people do get injured and if treatment isn't started within days to weeks after a crash, the injuries can progress to functional loss and chronic pain over time.

Dr. Peterson has extensively studied Crash Biomechanics and understands how to get patients well afterward. She has achieved Advanced Certification of Competency by the SRISD, Spine Research Institute of San Diego, and has studied extensively under Dr. Arthur C. Croft.

Call us today to set up a free consultation with Dr. Peterson and see what your treatment options are.