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Some of the kids I’ve talked to lately think Whiplash is a Marvel Comics character. Nemesis of Iron Man (played by Mickey Rourke in the film from 2010, Iron Man 2).

In my book, whiplash is a serious injury and something that can linger for years. Cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD) is the medical term, and treatment begins with a thorough professional examination.

Symptoms can include headaches, a needles-and-pins sensation in the extremities and the more typical neck and back pain. Whiplash constitutes an injury to the spine, through which the spinal cord runs to connect the brain with peripheral components of our nervous system. Because of this, symptoms can be widespread and may appear some time after the initial injury.

Although commonly associated with automobile accidents, whiplash can be caused by many activities, including bungee-jumping, playing football, hockey or rugby, and falling for any reason.

Chiropractic care is a logical first step if you’ve suffered a whiplash injury, no matter how minor it seems at first. We can help identify any problems, including but not limited to restricted joint motion, intervertebral disc injury, and ligament or muscle injury. You can then expect a variety of treatments such as hands-on manipulations to restore normal range of motion in the spine and joints.

In more than 20 years on East 7th Street, we’ve seen and treated hundreds whiplash patients. We can use this deep well of experience to help evaluate and treat your condition — or simply quench your thirst for knowledge on the topic.

I may not be Iron Man, but I know what to do about your whiplash.