Whiplash occurs when your head is forcefully thrown backward, then forward. This injury can cause damage to bones, ligaments, muscles, and tendons in the area around the neck and back. Many people sustain whiplash injuries from car accidents, physical abuse, or contact sports. It is difficult to determine how long each person will suffer from whiplash, as some can experience symptoms for weeks, while others can suffer for years.
Treating whiplash injuries can give you a better chance of recovering faster and with fewer complications. At Specific Care Chiropractic, we have a top Plantation whiplash treatment team. When you come to our office, one of our physicians can perform a physical exam to determine the severity of your whiplash injury and develop a treatment plan to assist with your recovery.
About Whiplash Injuries
According to Mayo Clinic, whiplash occurs when there is a forceful back-and-forth motion of the head and neck. People who suffer from whiplash could endure different symptoms based on the severity of the injury or if they have had whiplash before.
Symptoms of Whiplash
People who have sustained a whiplash injury usually start noticing symptoms a few days after the incident. Mild whiplash injuries might show the following signs:
- Neck pain or stiffness
- A lowered or lost range of motion in the neck
- Headaches, commonly occurring at the base of the skull
- Tenderness or tingling in the arms, hands, and fingers
Sometimes, people who have sustained whiplash injuries experience more severe symptoms. Severe symptoms of whiplash could include:
- Blurred vision
- Memory problems
After a car accident, sports injury, or another injury, Specific Care Chiropractic can help you move in the direction of healing after sustaining whiplash.
Causes of Whiplash
Whiplash injuries can occur for many reasons. However, we commonly see people with whiplash injuries due to the following incidents.
Any impact while in a car can cause a whiplash injury. The most common type of car accident that causes whiplash is rear-end collisions, as the force of being hit from behind causes the neck to move forward than backward forcefully.
Physical abuse or assault is another cause of whiplash. Any hit, punch, push, or shake could cause whiplash.
Contact sports such as football, soccer, lacrosse, or rugby could be a potential cause of whiplash. If you are tackled or thrown to the ground in any way, it could cause your head to jolt backward and forward forcefully.
If you are suffering from whiplash because of another cause, our physicians can help. We treat all types of whiplash victims, regardless of how they sustained their injuries.
Complications of Whiplash
While many people feel better soon after sustaining their injury, some people deal with longer-lasting complications, including chronic head and neck pain and limited range of motion.
Older people who have had whiplash before are at greater risk of developing long-term complications. Also, if you were in a car accident and got hit at higher speeds, you could suffer from more severe, long-term effects.
How Do Our Doctors Diagnose Whiplash?
If you believe you have whiplash, a physician from our facility can give you a diagnosis. At your first visit, the physician can perform a physical exam to determine if you exhibit whiplash’s signs and symptoms.
If needed, we can perform other diagnostic tests and request imaging to see the injury closely. A diagnosis is essential if you are pursuing compensation for your injury. In addition, we can provide the documentation needed for the insurance company if you are filing a claim against the person responsible for your injury.
Whiplash Treatments We Offer in Plantation
At Specific Care Chiropractic, we offer several types of treatments. After a physician performs a physical exam, they can walk you through the treatment options. Treatment options include massage therapy, rehabilitative therapy, ultrasound therapy, and chiropractic adjustments.
Massage therapy is a safe way to treat whiplash. A massage therapist can focus on target areas to relieve muscle tension and pain. In addition, massage therapy can increase flexibility in the neck and allow it to have more range of motion.
Rehabilitative therapy is a type of physiotherapy that helps patients who have sustained whiplash injuries regain mobility and function in the affected areas. In addition, rehabilitative therapy aims to alleviate musculoskeletal pain.
Ultrasound therapy sends sound waves into neck tissue to relieve pain, according to Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. For whiplash victims, this type of therapy can repair damaged tissue and promote muscle regeneration.
Chiropractic adjustments are non-surgical procedures that realign and increase mobility to a specific body area. These adjustments are a safe treatment option for those who have suffered whiplash injuries.
Before we perform a chiropractic adjustment, our physician can take an x-ray to determine the exact location of the injury. This also ensures there is no other damage we should be aware of before adjusting.
Our chiropractors are trained in multiple techniques so you can receive the specific care you need.
Reach Out to Us Today to Schedule a Plantation Whiplash Treatment
If you or a loved one is suffering from a whiplash injury, Specific Care Chiropractic can help. We have treated many patients who have sustained whiplash injuries and have helped them find relief. Our team can assess the severity of your injury and develop a treatment plan. Then, we can monitor your healing to ensure your symptoms are improving.
If you are working with a personal injury attorney to hold the liable party responsible for your injury, we can provide our testimony and other documentation to support your case. This may include imaging of your injury, a physician’s analysis, treatment plan information, including how the injury has impacted your life, and documentation of treatment costs.