Medical Treatment for your Auto Accident
With proper care, many mild whiplash injuries heal within six to nine months. However, more than 20% of those who suffer from whiplash injuries continue to suffer from pain, weakness or restricted movement two years after their car accident. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these people will continue to suffer from some level of disability or pain for many years after that, if not for the rest of their lives.
Whiplash is a unique condition that requires the expertise of a skilled health professional specially trained to work with these types of injuries. The most effective treatment for whiplash injuries is a combination of both medical and chiropractic care in the rehabilitation of the soft tissues involved.
If you have been injured in a car accident call our Pro Back Doctor office today! Are you experiencing symptoms ranging from lower back pain, upper back pain, a pinched nerve (sciatica) or numbness in your extremities? You may be experiencing symptoms from a whiplash injury. When the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits, the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine can be overstretched or torn.
Common Symptoms of Whiplash
Some of the most common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck Pain
- Neck Stiffness
- Shoulder Pain
- Pain Between Shoulder Blades
- Back Pain
- Pain in the Arms
- Pain in the Legs
- Pain in the Face or Jaw
- Ringing in the Ears
- Blurring or Double Vision
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Pain in the Wrists or Hands
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Chiropractic care utilizes manual manipulation of the spine to restore the normal movement and position of the spinal vertebrae. It is by far the single-most effective treatment for minimizing the long-term impact of car accident injuries, especially when coupled with massage therapy, trigger point therapy, exercise rehabilitation and other soft tissue rehabilitation modalities.
Soft Tissue Rehabilitation
The term ‘soft tissue’ simply refers to anything that is not bone, such as your muscles, ligaments, tendons, nervous system, spinal discs and internal organs. During a whiplash injury, the tissues that are affected most are the soft tissues, the muscles, ligaments, and discs in particular. In order to minimize permanent impairment and disability, it is important to use therapies that stimulate the soft tissues to heal correctly. These include manual therapy, electro-stimulation, trigger point therapy, stretching and specific strength and range of motion exercises.
The most effective chiropractic care and soft tissue rehabilitation will be limited in its benefit if what you do at home or at work stresses or re-injures you on a daily basis. For this reason, it is important that your plan of care extend into the hours and days between your clinic visits to help speed your recovery. Some of the more common home care therapies are the application of ice packs, limitations on work or daily activities, specific stretches and exercises, taking nutritional supplements and getting plenty of rest.
The most common medical treatments include the use of trigger point injections and, in some cases, epidural spinal injections. Nerve damage can be a common condition due to whiplash. Nerve conduction studies may be indicated for proper diagnosis and treatment.