A common injury related to car accidents is whiplash. It’s essentially the tearing or stretching of muscles, tendons and ligaments in your neck that occurs when your head jerks around in an accident.
It’s important to learn to recognize the symptoms of whiplash from a rear-end collision so you know when to visit a professional for treatment:
- Pain in the neck and possibly the shoulders
- Stiffness in the neck
- Difficulty turning or bending your neck
- Muscle spasms
- Sensation of exhaustion
In addition to these symptoms, whiplash can cause headaches. The tension in the muscles of your neck can affect the nerves running through the spine, which stem into your head. This tension can also cause anxiety and even some challenges with your memory.
Whiplash is usually not life-threatening, but it should always be taken seriously, especially when head pain is involved. Always visit a doctor after a car accident for an examination and to receive treatment if you need it.
Treatments for whiplash
At the Florida Spine and Joint Institute, we have a large team of passionate professionals who specialize in a variety of treatments for conditions like whiplash. If you’ve been in an automobile accident, our staff can examine you for the symptoms of whiplash and develop an appropriate treatment, which may include:
- Chiropractic care — Chiropractic care is the primary method of treatment in many cases of whiplash. Doctors of chiropractic specialize in adjustments and other techniques that help you recover from whiplash without the use of medication or surgical procedures.
Chiropractic adjustments help to reduce pain and improve your range of motion while your body naturally recovers from its injury. They also help reduce pain in your head that stems from the tension in your neck.
- Orthopedic surgery — Surgery for whiplash is rare but necessary in some cases. If the symptoms of your whiplash don’t lessen after a few months of chiropractic care, you may have an injury in the portion of your spine in your neck that requires surgery. Usually, surgeons can treat these issues with minimally invasive techniques, which minimizes any risks and pain involved in the procedure.
Visit the Florida Spine and Joint Institute for whiplash treatment
Do you have intense pain and stiffness in your neck after an accident? Or have you been in an accident but aren’t sure if you’re hurt and need an examination? Our team at the Florida Spine and Joint Institute is here for you. Contact our team today for more information about whiplash treatment or to schedule an initial appointment.