Whiplash

Whiplash Specialist
A common risk during any high speed activity or sport is the possibility of whiplash. Vehicular accidents, rollercoasters or high impact sports are all regular sources of whiplash. Dr. Brian Augustine of Augustine Chiropractic in Wesley Chapel, Florida, has decades of experience in treating whiplash and other injuries of the neck and spine. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your neck or back for any reason, call Augustine Chiropractic and get the help you need, today.

Whiplash Q & A

Augustine Chiropractic

What is Whiplash?

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.

What are Symptoms of Whiplash?

Common symptoms of whiplash include but are not limited to:

  • Neck pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Damage to muscles
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Burning or tingling sensations
  • Pain in adjacent areas of the body (Shoulders/Back)

While uncommon, some people also experience:

  • Memory loss
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Fatigue

Early diagnosis of whiplash and a proper schedule of treatment is key to preventing further complications.

How is Whiplash Treated?

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.

What if the Pain Persists?

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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