Functional Therapy in Accident Patients and Whiplash
In Germany alone, about 200,000 rear-end collisions occur annually. Not counting the countless falls that occur during various recreational activities or in the home. Active sports in particular pose a high risk of seriously injuring themselves. Many of the injured suffer a whiplash.
Even if the first injuries have been successfully treated, any long-term effects of the whiplash injury are much more subtle and persistent than is commonly known. Although the sufferer is cured of his fractures and other injuries, other symptoms may indicate that his whiplash has not yet been fully treated.
Unclear symptoms, such as chronic pain, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, hormonal disorders, aggression, depression, memory loss etc. should therefore be considered more closely. It is important to keep in mind what actually happens during a whiplash injury. Not only injuries to the cervical spine (cervical spine) and the head joints (Atlas and Axis) may occur, but also the temporomandibular joints, cervical and neck musculature, nerves, blood vessels, and thyroid gland may be involved and injured.
Also in the brain injury through a whiplash injury is possible. These are caused by strain or contusion of brain tissue. The symptoms of the aforementioned injuries can be very unspecific and are often difficult to classify.
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When an approaching vehicle impacts the rear of the vehicle, the driver’s body is suddenly accelerated by the kinetic energy transmitted to it. The acceleration of the head, however, takes place with a delay to the entire body. This has the consequence that the upright stabilized by the neck and neck muscle head is first torn to the rear and only then lashes forward. Injuries resulting from this can not always be determined by standard investigations.
What does the dentist have to do with this?
Since the lower jaw is attached to the trunk by the lower hyoid muscles, the abrupt acceleration results in the following problem: The head at rest experiences – in physical terms – the so-called moment of inertia, a delayed acceleration over the whole Hull. It can happen that the lower jaw is torn out of the temporomandibular joint as the head snaps back, and when the head is whipped back, it collapses abruptly into the temporomandibular joint.
Patients often have an injured temporomandibular joint, and if left untreated this can lead to long-term bite and joint discomfort and chronic pain.
Severe consequences can be serious if injury from whiplash is not adequately studied and recorded properly, and therefore appropriate treatment is delayed and the symptoms are chronic.
Microtrauma on the muscles around the face, neck, neck, shoulders – micronarques and fat deposits in the muscles
Damage to nerves (spinal cord, cranial nerves, brain)
Damage to the head joints and their ligaments
Damage to the cervical spine column
Damage to the temporomandibular joint and teeth
Metabolism and endocrine disorders
A whiplash can disrupt the function of nerves and even affect the metabolism. This is due to the anatomical conditions of our body.
When the head is flung back and forth, it can lead to disturbances or long-term damage in the area of the brain, in the region of the spinal cord and at the base of the brain, as well as in the exiting cranial nerves. Even the autonomic nerve parts such as parasympathetic and sympathetic can be affected. This explains the often elusive symptoms of a whiplash.
Disruption of metabolism may be due to impairment of hormonal tissue in the brain and resulting instability in the head joint. If the vagus nerve is affected, it can lead to a physiological imbalance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic, which explains the often excessive nervousness and sensation in these patients.
Dental therapy with bite splints and bite regulation
For the treatment of whiplash with its consequences for the craniomandibular area a deep understanding of the problem is necessary. In order to calm the injured situation in the cervical spine area in order to relieve the injured temporomandibular joint and to protect aching teeth, a splint splint therapy is highly recommended. Often a bite regulation is necessary later. This can be done by orthodontic and / or prosthetic measures.
Coordination of accompanying measures, such as Lymphatic Drainage, Osteopathy, Metabolic Control, Trauma Therapy, Pain Management, Behavioral Therapy, Biophysics and their combination can be done by us.
We offer the dental therapy and the coordination of the accompanying treatments with our co-therapists, as well as the exact procedure and the further control in our practice.