One of the most common injuries that people suffer from after an auto accident in Orlando is whiplash or sprain/strain. Victims of car accidents often see a chiropractor to treat the pain that results from a whiplash injury.
What Is Whiplash?
According to the Mayoclinic, whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck. Think of this like the cracking of a whip. Whiplash most often occurs during a rear-end auto accident, but the injury can also result from a sports accident, physical abuse or other traumatic events.
How do I know if I have Whiplash?
Common signs and symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, stiffness and headaches. Other signs include worsening of pain with neck movement, loss of range of motion in the neck, tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms, fatigue, dizziness and tingling in the arms and/or hands. Most people with whiplash get better within a few weeks by following a treatment plan that includes pain medication and exercise. However, some people have chronic neck pain and other long-lasting complications.
Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash
When whiplash is still in the acute stage, a chiropractor may use gentle stretching, ultrasound and other techniques in an effort to reduce inflammation. You might also be advised to apply ice in order to reduce the swelling. After the initial swelling has subsided and the pain reduces, the treatment will progress to spinal manipulation to restore motion to your neck and exercise for strengthening.
How to Proceed
Unfortunately, there are many distractors today for drivers and lets face it, accidents do happen. We have little control over being rear ended when you’re driving. If you think you may have whiplash, it is important to seek attention as soon as possible. If you’re not in a medical emergency, book an appointment with www.prospineorlando.com so we can assess the situation and get started on the appropriate chiropractic treatment for a swift recovery. At ProSpine Orlando our team is here to help answer your questions. Please feel free to contact us today.