What Can be Done to Avoid or Prevent Whiplash?

What Can be Done to Avoid or Prevent Whiplash?

Whiplash, which can be rightly referred to as WAD (Whiplash Associated Disorders) is typically concerned with slips and falls, vehicle mishaps as well as injuries suffered in sports activities. This type of common injury which affects numerous individuals across the globe cost the healthcare systems a considerable amount of money. The query of the month is that what can be done to prevent or avoid whiplash.

Step 1. Invest your money for a safer vehicle.

You will come across lots of resources which can be reviewed, for example, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety which has not only published the ratings for the head restraints and the safest seats but has also included quite a few models of vehicles, SUVs as well as trucks. For instance, car seats have been designed recently by Saab and Volvo where the seat back is going to collapse backward upon any impact which should help to lessen the rebound response in case there is a real-end collision thus preventing the head as well as the neck from whipping forward and backward. Consequently, it will be prudent to consider the structural design of the vehicle along with its size as well as weight, the airbags, the restraint systems, the headrests plus any other crash avoidance feature prior to purchasing your next car. Bear in mind that you are at a greater risk while driving smaller vehicles since the smaller mass will provide you with lesser protection.

Step 2. Place the head restraints appropriately.

Placing the head restraints properly will imply that they must be put in their up position. We usually have to confront with a particular issue with the head restraints since they offer little protection in case you are hit from behind because of the fact that they are positioned too low. As a matter of fact, as many as 80% of the vehicles at present feature head restraint in either the low or down position and, surprisingly, it would be better if there were no head restraints at all. The main reason for this is that the head restraints actually start acting as a fulcrum in case they are placed very low thus striking the center of the neck and generating more hyperextension than what would have been if there were no head restraints at all. Bear in mind that, since these head restraints are actually intended for the average individual, it is quite difficult for a short or tall person to come across a proper match. Since there is frequent ramping particularly in case the seat back is reclined in the backward direction with the entire body sliding over the head restraint, the proper position for a head restraint is going to be within an inch of the back of one’s head and 1 to 2 inches above the center of the head.

Step 3. Get prepared for the collision.

This might not be practically possible because of the fact that the whipping action usually takes place within a small fraction of a second and the voluntary contraction of the muscle is even slower and you must also keep in mind that a collision can take place at a lightning fast pace providing you with hardly any time to prepare.

Nevertheless, the following must be done in case you do have some time to prepare yourself:

1. Try to put your neck and head into the seat back and a head restraint which has been adjusted properly such that there is a firm contact.

2. Straighten your arms gripping onto the steering wheel firmly while extending the elbows so that you’re able to brace yourself.

3. Your foot must be positioned on the break quite firmly while you are required to stop in traffic.

4. Look straight in front of you without rotating your head or neck.

5. Try to tilt the head back a bit so that the eyes are pointed toward the windshield’s upper part.

6. Just before the collision, shrug the shoulders in the upward direction to your ears while bracing yourself firmly.

Step 4. Look for treatment without making any delay.

It is imperative to start receiving Las Vegas car accident treatment instantly preferably within the first couple of weeks of the collision in order to prevent the occurrence of a long-term and threatening condition.

It is clear to us that you do have your personal preference while choosing your car accident chiropractor. In case you or any of your known persons need Southern Nevada chiropractic for whiplash, your trust and confidence in us will be highly appreciated and we will try every possible means to serve you as well as your near and dear ones presently as well as in the upcoming days.

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Dr Michael Reiss DC is the owner and operator of Las Vegas Car Accident Treatment Centers in Las Vegas, Nevada. To learn more about him, check his site at Las Vegas Car Accident Centers
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 Josh RiggsMy girlfriend Jamie and I first came into see Dr. Reiss because we were involved in a car accident. I really liked the ease of appointments and how accommodating to my schedule Dr Reiss’ office was. They did only what was needed to be done to help me get back to myself (actually better than myself), without excessive treatment. Dr. Reiss’ was the only office that would take Jamie and I without making us pay money for treatment upfront. Makes you trust your chiropractor more knowing he can trust you.

And of course most importantly Dr. Reiss fixed my back! Oh and to top it off, they had freshly baked cookies every day.
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 I was referred to Dr. Reiss by a co-worker of mine after I was in an automobile accident. I was starting to have a lot of back pain and headaches, so I called the day after the accident and they were able to get me in the SAME DAY to see the doctor! It only took a month of treatment to get me out of pain. It is now two months later and I am still completely PAIN FREE! Thank you so much Dr. Reiss! You are awesome!

-Andrea Helmrath, Red Rock Golf Course

 

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 I was involved in a car accident on the freeway by a car going very fast. I was in a lot of pain, and could barely walk or get comfortable to sleep. I tried taking Ibuprofen, but it really wasn’t working and I don’t really like taking pills anyway. I felt like I needed help, so I consulted with an attorney. The attorney’s office recommended to a Chiropractor’s office that I found to be a bit dirty, run down and not very friendly. Needless to say, I never even filled out the paperwork.

One of my friends suggested I see Dr. Reiss. Right when I walked in, I knew I was in the right place. I am in the VIP hosting business, and my job is to bring people to some of the classiest places in Las Vegas. Dr. Reiss’ office was one of the nicest doctor’s offices I had ever been to. From the art on the walls and the Starbucks-like atmosphere…to being offered a gourmet iced tea while I filled out my forms.

After my first visit, I started to feel relief from my injuries, and I kept getting better and better. The personal attention I received from the staff made my visits very comfortable. I would recommend his office to anyone…(even that attorney’s office may have happier clients if they sent them to Dr. Reiss.)
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 My boyfriend and I were in a car accident where we were hit by a drunk driver. I felt OK the first day… but by the second day I couldn’t walk or lay down on my own.

I was very irritable and couldn’t believe that this happened to me and I didn’t know what to do about it. Walking, lying down, sitting and even driving were difficult to do on my own. I also had trouble sleeping because I was in pain and couldn’t get comfortable. I was taking sleeping pills and pain pills to get me through the day and night.

Since I have been seeing Dr. Reiss I can now walk, sleep and do simple everyday things on my own again. I know I wouldn’t feel as great as I do… if it wasn’t for Dr. Reiss and his team. Thanks for the caring and loving help. You guys rock!

-Savannah K.

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Meet Lora

 I was in a car accident back in January where I was hit by a drunk driver. Fortunately my injuries were not too serious; however, I suffered neck & back pain, which then re-inflamed a former injury. The injury prevented me from working for few days, & I couldn’t work out & I was concerned I was going to have to get a Cortisone shot because the pain was so bad.

Dr. Reiss’s office was the first place I went. I had been to another Chiropractor before my accident, but I felt she was too aggressive with her treatment. Dr. Reiss was very gentle & a good listener when I told him of my injuries. I was using an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory at the time but I no longer needed to take them after seeing Dr. Reiss. He had suggestions for total health… I started a rehab stretching routine & am now able to do weights at the gym. Thanks a million, Dr. Reiss!
-Lora H.

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 I was in a rear end car accident that left me with pain throughout my back, mostly in the lower region. I wasn’t sure about chiropractic care until I met Dr. Reiss and noticed his friendly attitude and attention to the body. My biggest problem was that I couldn’t stand up strait. It took me out of my sport because the overall pain was too much. Normal every day life became a challenge.

Even though I was in a lot of pain I knew that I did not want to take prescription drugs, and Dr. Reiss helped me feel better. Once I healed from this accident, I was involved in another collision and had to go through the process all over again!

Since I have been seeing Dr. Reiss through both of my accidents, I feel much more in tune with myself then I have ever been, allowing me to focus better on goals I’ve set for myself. I have more energy and a willingness to keep myself in stronger shape. Now when my days off come I’m motivated to do more, rather then sit around when I was in pain.
-Kris W., Canyon Ranch Spa

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Meet Beverly

 I experienced muscle tension and pain (tingling sensation) from my neck to my lower back, as a result from a traffic accident in August 2008. The pain caused me to be irritable and keep me restless at night. The pain and tension prevented me from sleeping comfortably. It also made me uncomfortable especially during long car rides. I tried having massages and tried using a neck massage heat therapy pillow. Nothing worked.

Because of my fear of doctors, I was reluctant to seek treatment until the pain increased. But once I started treatment, I overcame my fear due to the kindness and hospitality of Chiropractic Wellness Center and their staff. The pain and tension slowly but surely disappeared and he helped me maintain more comfort in my daily activities. In addition, Dr. Reiss and his staff (Ms. Lori and Ms. Theresa) were so pleasant and accommodating to me and my son. Being family-oriented and kid friendly was a huge factor in choosing to seek treatment at this facility.
– Beverly M.

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Meet Theresa

 I was in a car accident back in July of 2007. For two weeks my back and neck were so stiff that I could not turn my head. Getting up and down from the couch, office chair, and bed were difficult and painful. The pain was so bad that it started affecting my family. I couldn’t play with my son and I wasn’t in the best of moods. I was taking Motrin every day to help alleviate some of the pain.

Since I have been seeing Dr. Reiss, I no longer have chronic pain or stiffness and I haven’t taken any Motrin. Dr. Reiss motivated me to start exercising again and I am now happier & more relaxed. I’ve received a lot of feedback from my co-workers saying that I am always happy and smiling. Although these results are all life changing, the best result I have experienced is that I can play with my son without pain… I now swim with him almost every day instead of just watching him! Thanks a million, Dr. Reiss!
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 I came to see Dr. Reiss because I had a broken clavicle and torn rotator cuff from an accident I was in. I was in pain all the time, could not sleep at night and was thinking the pain would never go away. I had been taking Lortab 8 times a day before I saw Dr. Reiss.

With him and the help of chiropractic care and the therapies in the office I was able to cut the drug use in half and feel much better. Dr. Reiss helped me to understand what I was in store for ie: surgery and a long physical theMarcorapy. He was supportive through all that I went through. I cannot thank him enough.

-Jeff S., Dragonridge Country Club

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 I came into Dr. Reiss’s office seeking for help after being in a 3 car accident. A few days after the accident, I started feeling horrible pain in my lower back and pain in my neck. I figured it was going to go away after a few days but I was wrong.

After starting care with Dr. Reiss, my pain started dissipating and I started going back to my daily activities, going to the gym, etc. and my energy level was higher.

Dr. Reiss himself made me feel very comfortable and he explained everything that was going on with my body after the accident, as well as what to expect a few weeks after. The whole team is excellent and very professional, and made the visits extremely pleasant. I would definitely recommend family and friends to come here if they were in an accident.

-Marco S., Dental Surgery Tech

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 After my car accident I needed to see a doctor as soon as possible. The crash was so bad that my left shoulder was too painful to move freely. I could not rotate my neck and my back felt out of whack.

As a professional salsa dancer I was worried that I would not be able to recover in time for my performance. I refused to turn to drugs to ease the pain, but it was difficult to move and to fall asleep.

Immediately after my 1st visit with Dr. Reiss, I could move my body more naturally. It felt like a weight was literally lifted off my shoulders. Dr. Reiss proved to me how much he cares for his patients, and made me feel like I was in good hands. Within two weeks I made a 50% improvement and could go back to rehearsals. I couldn’t be more satisfied with the services and care provided.
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