Whiplash is notorious for causing significant pain and stiffness, usually following a traffic accident. While it sometimes goes away gradually after a few days, this isn’t always the case. Whiplash can last weeks or months or even become a chronic condition. At Specific Care Chiropractic, we provide Hollywood whiplash treatment, including chiropractic adjustments and physiotherapy.
If you suffer neck pain and limited range of motion after a crash or have a whiplash diagnosis but no relief from your symptoms, our physicians can help. Call (239) 369-9109) to schedule your initial intake exam with our team.
Whiplash Symptoms and Common Treatments
Whiplash is an injury that affects the soft tissues of the neck, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Sometimes, it also causes injuries to the underlying spinal structure. Generally, whiplash occurs when the head is thrown forcefully back or forward, forcing the neck to stretch and pull beyond its normal range of motion.
The most common cause of whiplash is traffic accidents, although it can also occur on amusement park rides, in boating accidents, and many other scenarios.
Physiotherapy is a common treatment option, especially if symptoms do not begin to dissipate within a few weeks. There is no known cure for whiplash and having the injury even once can increase your chances of suffering re-injury in a future crash or another incident.
Our Team Creates Treatment Plans for Patients With Whiplash in Hollywood, FL
The Specific Care Chiropractic team knows how painful and limiting whiplash can be, especially when it lasts for weeks or months. Many doctors are unsure how to address whiplash as a chronic pain condition. Some deny that it even exists. Our team never doubts the pain you feel. Instead, we work with you to find a solution.
We treat whiplash based on the individual symptoms you report. When you come to us as a new patient, you will see one of our doctors during your intake examination. This examination includes:
- Answering questions about your accident, injuries, symptoms, and other treatments
- A physical exam of your neck, shoulders, and upper back
- X-rays and other medical imaging
- Other tests used to determine your range of motion and other baselines
Once we understand your whiplash and any other injuries, we can create a plan to address your musculoskeletal injuries using chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and other techniques. Because we thoroughly understand your condition, we can confidently prescribe the best therapies for you.
Each plan is individual to the patient and targeted to address their unique needs. As time passes, our team will assess and reassess your progress and adjust your treatment plan accordingly. This ensures we always provide the best treatment possible based on your current needs.
Specific Care Chiropractic’s Commonly Prescribed Whiplash Treatments
Each patient receives a personalized treatment plan, but there are some treatments and therapies we use often. They allow us to address the underlying cause of the pain and limited range of motion to encourage healing and recovery. They include:
Our physicians use spinal adjustment techniques to ensure the neck and spine are in alignment. Misalignment can affect healing and cause additional pain. We can also use other techniques to address shoulder and arm pain from a whiplash injury. The exact types of adjustments necessary will depend on the individual.
Physical therapy is one of the most common treatments prescribed for whiplash, and this is true in our practice, too. Our physiotherapists utilize certain exercises and techniques to help you build strength and recover the range of motion in your neck. We have the training and experience necessary to ensure you perform these exercises slowly and safely, preventing further injury.
Stretching and Strength Building
Once you regain your flexibility and eliminate the pain associated with your whiplash, we can create a plan that allows you to continue building strength and stability in your neck. This can help you prevent re-injury and recognizes our holistic approach to health. We want every patient to grow stronger and healthier after receiving care in our office.
Massage and Ultrasound Therapies
We use massage and ultrasound therapies to help our patients eliminate stiffness in the neck and shoulders. In addition, these therapies can eliminate headache pain associated with whiplash and promote healing by increasing blood flow to the affected soft tissues. These therapies also have psychological benefits since they help the patient relax and can relieve stress.
Massage and ultrasound therapy both provide many of the same benefits. Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves to penetrate deeper into the affected soft tissues. Our team may prescribe one or both as a part of your whiplash treatment plan.
Let Our Physicians Help With Your Hollywood Whiplash Treatment
If you have ongoing pain, stiffness, or loss of range of motion in your neck following a collision or other incident, you might have whiplash. Our physicians can provide a diagnosis or help you address your symptoms and seek relief. We can assess your injuries and develop a plan to help you recover your health during your initial intake visit. In many cases, we begin treatment the same day.
Many of our patients with whiplash injuries were victims of careless or reckless drivers. Our team can work with your attorney or provide you with documentation of your injuries and treatment if you are pursuing a car accident case against the driver who caused your crash and injuries.
Make an Appointment With Us for Hollywood Whiplash Treatment
At Specific Care Chiropractic, our relationship begins with an initial intake exam. This is the starting point for your treatment and care moving forward. We will assess your injuries and determine the treatments and therapies that will best address your pain and other symptoms during this appointment.
Reach out to us online or call (239) 369-9109) now to speak to a team member and book your first appointment.