A common result of an automobile accident, whiplash is an injury that affects the neck and spine. Due to the sudden and forceful snapping back and forth of the neck, soft tissue such as skin, tendons, ligaments and muscles muscles can suffer strain. Other parts of the body can be affected as well, such as nerves, discs and joints. While soft tissue will generally heal within 6 to 8 weeks depending on the severity of the injury it is important to see a doctor or chiropractor for a proper diagnosis if you suffer whiplash.
Common symptoms of whiplash include but are not limited to:
While uncommon, some people also experience:
Early diagnosis of whiplash and a proper schedule of treatment is key to preventing further complications.
Augustine Chiropractic specializes in the treatment of whiplash and other automobile accident related injuries. Patients undergo sessions of physical therapy aimed to strengthen the muscles and increase mobility.
Medication such as painkillers, anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants may be prescribed to combat the pain associated with whiplash.
Consistent physical therapy, stretching and posture correction are the best way to reduce recovery time so be sure to listen carefully to what movement and exercises are being taught.
The length of treatment will vary in relation to the severity of the injury but average times to treatment are 6 to 10 weeks.
If you are still experiencing neck pain as the result of whiplash after treatment there are still other possibilities to look into. Surgery is not usually necessary unless there has been damage done to discs, nerves or the spinal cord. With, treatment, therapy and patience, Dr. Augustine can help you return to a pain-free life.
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