Neck injury? Warning signs that signal whiplash
How do you know if you have whiplash in Sarasota, FL?
Whiplash is caused by a rapid backward and forward jerking motion of the
head, most often as a result of a car accident or contact sports.
What are the signs and symptoms of whiplash?
Symptoms of whiplash may be delayed for 24 hours or more after the initial injury. However, people who develop whiplash may experience one or more of the following symptoms, usually within the first few days after the trauma:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
- Lower back pain and stiffness
- Pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand
- Pain or numbness in the leg and/or foot
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Lack of focus
- Sleep disturbances
- Muscle stiffness and limited range of motion
How is whiplash diagnosed?
Frequently, injuries are to the soft tissues such as the discs, muscles and ligaments, and cannot be visualized on Standard x-rays. Ordering specialized imaging tests, such as CT scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), may be required to diagnose damage to the discs, muscles or ligaments that could be generating the symptoms of whiplash.
How do we treat whiplash?
At Sarasota Chiropractic, Physical Therapy & Massage, we treat victims of car accidents and patients with whiplash with the following techniques:
Spinal adjustments assist in correcting structural alignment and improve the body’s physical function.
Massage therapy aids in relaxing stiff, injured muscles of the neck, back and extremities. It also helps relieve anxiety which helps our patients heal more effectively.
Electric muscle stimulation.
EMS helps reduce pain, increase blood flow into the injured area and relax muscle spasms.
Therapeutic ultrasound has been shown to increase tissue relaxation, local blood flow, reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation and in some studies, promote bone fracture healing.
Therapeutic exercises and stretches.
We teach our patients how to stretch and exercise properly to help improve their ranges of motion and increase stability.
We instruct our patients to eat a well balanced diet focusing on anti-inflammatory foods and avoiding processed foods which helps speed up the recovery time.
We help our patients make positive changes to sleeping habits, posture and mindset which helps encourage healing.
Our methods are medication-free and non-invasive. This promotes rapid healing without the worry of side effects.
Contact our Sarasota chiropractic office today for a consultation!
If you were involved in a car accident and believe that you may have whiplash, contact your chiropractor in Sarasota, FL at Sarasota Chiropractic, Physical Therapy & Massage. We will be happy to diagnose and treat your condition with our holistic healing methods. Call us today at 941-924-9892 to make an appointment.