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Aifei Wang, LAc, MAc
Acupuncture and Auto Injuries
NABACU Eastern Medicine Centers
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Acupuncture and Auto Injuries

Whiplash injury is the most common injury suffered from a motor vehicle accident. Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissue of the neck, also referred to as neck sprain or neck strain. It is often caused by a sudden forceful movement of the neck, but with no direct contact to the neck. It may include injury to the joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots. Acupuncture is one possible treatment for this type of injury.
Hyperextension of the neck upon impact results in a number of capillaries and tissue fibres being broken, which, if left alone, can cause scar tissue development. In many cases, abnormalities can not be viewed upon x-ray and there is no visible injury. As a result, the seriousness of an injury is often initially overlooked.
Symptoms of Whiplash
People who experience whiplash may report experiencing one or more symptoms. Symptoms can occur immediately after the accident, or may appear several days or even weeks later. Symptoms include neck/shoulder pain and stiffness, headaches, low back pain, sensations such as burning or “pins and needles,” irritability, poor sleep, fatigue, difficulty with concentration or memory, depression, dizziness/light-headedness, pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, etc.
Acute and chronic whiplash injuries can be treated by using combination of following modalities acupuncture, acupressure (Tui-Na), Chinese herbal remedies.

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