Our Lehigh Acres patients with whiplash injuries often complain about having chronic neck pain, headaches, and stiffness in the neck and shoulders, among other negative symptoms. However, it is crucial to treat this injury as soon as possible to avoid causing permanent damage. Don’t let an “annoying” injury stop you from being able to perform regular tasks.
If you or a loved one currently lives with a whiplash injury, consider getting Lehigh Acres whiplash treatment at Specific Care Chiropractic. We offer chiropractic care and physiotherapy to treat the cervical area (neck area), allowing whiplash victims to regain flexibility and mobility in their necks.
Whiplash Occurs When the Victim’s Head Violently Jerks Back and Forth
Whiplash is a common injury that results from:
- Automobile accidents, particularly rear-end accidents
- Work-related accidents, particularly for those who work in labor industries like construction
- Physical assault, such as being hit in the head with a fist or object
- Military service, whether during boot camp training or combat
- Horse riding
What generally occurs is that the victim’s head experiences sudden trauma that jolts their head back and forth in a whipping motion. This violent jerk can cause severe stress on the cervical spine and muscles, though patients might not notice symptoms until days or weeks after their accident occurred.
If you were in an accident that caused you to whip your head, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible to confirm whether you have a whiplash injury. If so, our facility can provide treatment to diminish your symptoms so that you can return to regular activities.
What Are the Long-Term Effects of Whiplash?
Whiplash can cause permanent damage to the body if left untreated. BMC Public Health published a report that found people who suffered whiplash injuries in automobile accidents reported having a “poorer quality of life” up to five years after their accidents occurred. Compared to people with other types of minor injuries, the report concluded whiplash victims suffered more long-term effects than other study participants.
Still, what are some of these long-term effects? If left untreated, whiplash victims can cause:
- Permanent nerve damage in the cervical area
- Chronic neck pain, which can lead to chronic headaches and migraines
- Other forms of chronic pain stemming from the neck, such as chronic shoulder pain
- Mobility loss in the cervical area, which can make it difficult for people to move their neck side to side or even prevent them from lifting objects when bending down
Our Facility Offers Several Treatment Services to Reduce Pain Caused by Whiplash
Our facility creates treatment plans for each patient based on their injury symptoms, but we generally use a combination of chiropractic care and physiotherapy to treat our patients.
For your first appointment, our staff may request X-ray image scans of your injury to confirm the severity of your injury and whether other underlying issues might be present. We may also refer to your medical records to see if other co-morbidities (health conditions you had prior to your injury) or lifestyle factors contribute to your pain, inflammation, and other symptoms.
Chiropractic Adjustments We Offer
At Specific Care Chiropractic, we apply certain techniques to reduce pain caused by your injury, and these techniques can vary based on the injury you have. For people suffering from whiplash pain, we may use the following chiropractic adjustment techniques to alleviate their symptoms:
Diversified adjustments are standard procedure in chiropractic care, but seated diversified adjustments focus on the cervical area of the spinal cord, which affects the neck.
This technique also focuses on the cervical area. Patients lie their heads and chests flat on the adjustment table. Chiropractors perform small but forceful manipulations to realign vertebrae in the cervical spine.
Thompson Drop-Table Technique
This is a full-body chiropractic adjustment technique, which can be effective if your whiplash injury caused pain to travel beyond the injury site.
Our chiropractors are also trained in these adjustment techniques:
- Sacral-Occipital Technique (SOT)
- Toggle recoil
- Side posture
- Manual extremity manipulation
You can learn more about these techniques on our website in the Services section.
Physiotherapy We Offer
Physiotherapy, or physical therapy, helps patients gradually build strength and flexibility in their muscles, joints, and bones, among other parts of the musculoskeletal system. Our physicians train patients to perform safe exercises that can encourage tissue repair and regrowth simultaneously, ensuring a full recovery at the end of their treatment.
We offer the following physiotherapy treatments:
- Corrective care
- Stretching and strengthening exercise therapy
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Electrical muscle stimulation (E-STIM) therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- Massage therapy
You can learn more about these therapies on our website in the “Services” section.
We Can Provide Information to Your Lawyer If You Are Building an Injury Case
Many of our patients with whiplash injuries have informed us about their personal injury cases, and our facility works hard to cooperate with their legal efforts to hold liable parties accountable for their negligence. If you or a loved one suffered a whiplash injury in an accident, you may be qualified to pursue compensation from a liable party involved with your case.
You can work with a personal injury lawyer to build your case. As your medical care team, we can provide information about your injury and treatment to support your claims. This information includes:
- Medical records detailing the severity of your injury and treatment needs
- X-ray images and other imaging scans we take of your injury
- Medical invoices we sent to you and/or your insurance provider about the cost of your treatment
- Medical expert testimony
If you need other information from our facility, we can work with your lawyer to provide that information for your case after you fill out a medical release form.
Get Lehigh Acres Whiplash Treatment at Specific Care Chiropractic
If you sustained a whiplash injury in an accident, our physicians at Specific Care Chiropractic can examine the severity of the injury and build a treatment plan to manage your pain symptoms. We offer several therapies to address patients’ chronic pain, inflammation, and other negative symptoms so that they can heal and return to their regular activities.