With respect to automotive injuries, research has been instrumental to improving our understanding of neck complaints. Below are 2 radiographs of the cervical (neck) spine of different individuals facing to the left.
The natural curve (lordosis) that is present in both of these individuals is typical of a neck that has never had any significant injuries (such as whiplash injury). In fact, statistically, 93% of people who have never had neck trauma have a cervical curve similar to this.
A common outcome of auto injuries is ligament and/or muscular injury of the neck. The resulting muscle spasms and injury cause a loss of this normal cervical lordosis, with associated alteration of normal biomechanics of the neck. Compare the radiographs below of individuals with neck injuries related to automobile crashes.
Occasionally, when injuries are more severe, the normal cervical lordosis is not only lost, but a reversal of the curve occurs.
If you are involved in a crash. Not only is it important to seek the appropriate treatment to help restore you to pre-crash condition, but to properly diagnose your condition, and communicate your injuries to you and insurance companies. If you've been in a crash, contact us immediately so you can start of the road to feeling like yourself again.