Our Approach to Treating Whiplash
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries we see in patients that visit our office. Often the result of a sudden impact, such as a car accident, whiplash involves any quick jolting movement of the head and neck. There are a number of complications that can occur after someone experiences whiplash, and our goal is to alleviate all of them as quickly as possible in the patients we treat.
Symptoms of Whiplash
The spine absorbs most of the trauma in the event of whiplash. In most cases, either the neck or lower back is injured, causing a variety of issues. For example, muscles and ligaments often become stretched, leading to soreness and stiffness. The discs of the spine can also become herniated, which may cause pain, numbness and tingling sensations. Nerves and nearby tissues can also be impacted as well.
Causes of Whiplash
As mentioned previously, auto accidents are the number one cause of whiplash. The injury is most likely to occur after someone’s vehicle has been hit from the rear, resulting in a back and forth motion of the neck. However, plenty of whiplash injuries occur off the road as well. Sports, especially football, have a long history of causing whiplash. Regardless of the cause, the symptoms are the same.
How to Diagnose Whiplash
Whiplash is a common and fairly easy injury to diagnose. When you visit our office, we’ll ask a series of questions that revolve around symptoms and any possible causes of your injury. We can often diagnose whiplash without any extensive medical equipment, but imaging scans and other tests may be used to either confirm the diagnosis or rule out other possible injuries.
Treatment for whiplash injuries focuses on alleviating pain and restoring function. Our primary goal is to help you become pain-free. Next, we focus on strengthening and regaining flexibility in the injured area. Our treatment methods may include vertebrae manipulation, electrical stimulation, massage therapy, medication, and injections. We also recommend physical therapy to help regain range of motion and overall strength.
We understand that pain associated with whiplash can be debilitating and you want relief as soon as possible. Here at Complete Wellness Center of Orange City, our goal is exactly that. We want you pain-free and back to normal so you can get back to enjoying everyday life. If you feel you’ve experienced whiplash, feel free to give us a call at 386-775-6879 to make an appointment.