⦿ 965C W Highway 550, Bernalillo NM 87004 |   505-867-3322 
Hours: M 2:30-5:30 | W 9:30-12 & 2:30-5:30 | F 2:30-5 | Sa 8:30-10:30

⦿ 5345 Wyoming Blvd, Albuquerque, NM 87109 |   505-860-1418
Hours: M 9:30-12 | Tu 9:30-12 & 2:30-5:00 | Th 2:30-5 | F 9:30-12:00 | Sa 11:15-1:15

Describing a range of injuries to the neck caused by or related to a sudden distortion of the neck. Cervical acceleration-deceleration" (CAD) describes the mechanism of the injury, while the term "whiplash associated disorders" (WAD) describes the injury and symptoms.

Anatomy
There are four phases that occur during "whiplash":

  1. Initial position (before the collision)
  2. retraction
  3. extension
  4. rebound

In the initial position there is no force on the neck due to inertia keeping it stable. Anterior longitudinal ligament injuries in whiplash may lead to cervical instability. They explain that during the retraction phase that is when the actual "whiplash" occurs, since there is an unusual loading of soft tissues. The next phase is the extension, the whole neck and head switches to extension, and it is stopped or limited by the head restraint. The rebound phase transpires as result of the phases that are mentioned.

During the refraction phase the spine forms an S-Shaped curve, and this caused by the flexion in the upper planes and hyperextension at the lower planes and this exceed their physiological limits this phase the injuries occur to the lower cervical vertebrae. At the extension phase all cervical vertebrae and the head are fully extended, but do not surpass their physiological limits. Most of the injuries happen in C-5 and C-6.

Symptoms
Symptoms reported by sufferers include: pain and aching to the neck and back, referred pain to the shoulders, sensory disturbance (such as pins and needles) to the arms and legs, and headaches. Symptoms can appear directly after the injury, but often are not felt until days afterwards. Whiplash is usually confined to the spine. The most common areas of the spine affected by whiplash are the neck and middle of the spine. "Neck" pain is very common between the shoulder and the neck.

Bernalillo Office

Address: 965C W Highway 550, Bernalillo, NM 87004
Phone: 505-867-3322
Hours of Operation:

   Morning  Evening
Monday  By Appointment  2:30pm - 5:30pm
Tuesday  Closed  Closed
Wednesday  9:30am - 12:00pm  2:30pm - 5:30pm
Thursday  Closed  Closed
Friday  Closed  2:30pm - 5:00pm
Saturday  8:30am - 10:30pm  Closed
Sunday  Closed  Closed

Other times available by appt only

Albuquerque Office

Address: 5345 Wyoming Blvd. NE Suite 103B Albuquerque, NM 87109
Phone: 505-860-1418
Hours of Operation:

  Morning Evening
Monday  9:30am - 12:00pm  Closed
Tuesday  9:30am - 12:00pm  2:30pm-5:00pm
Wednesday  Closed  Closed
Thursday  Closed  2:30pm-5:00pm
Friday  9:30am - 12:00pm  Closed
Saturday  11:15am - 1:15pm  Closed
Sunday  Closed  Closed

Other times available by appt only