Whiplash in Auto Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment
When you are involved in an auto accident or work accident and rightfully wish to collect financial compensation, you must first have proof that you were medically damaged.
Whiplash is a type of neck injury that occurs when the neck is quickly and forcefully jolted back and forth. This type of injury is commonly associated with car accidents, but can also occur during contact sports or other activities that involve sudden movements of the head and neck.
The Mechancis of a Rear-End Collision
Symptoms of whiplash may include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness, and difficulty moving the head and neck. In some cases, these symptoms can be severe and can last for several weeks or even months.
You don’t have to suffer from neck pain. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what’s causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (301)576-0500 and we’ll get you back on the road to health.
Importance of Early Treatment
With all of the auto injury patients we’ve treated over the years, we’ve seen many folks suffering from chronic pain caused by an old collision. In fact, research shows that a significant percentage of rear-end collisions result in pain and disability even ten years after the crash. Our goal at AmeriWell Clinics is to help you avoid developing chronic pain by quickly restoring the natural function of your neck soon after a crash.
The most common causes of chronic pain are the reduced mobility of your spine and the development of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your spine can easily be injured during a crash, and chiropractic works by reducing inflammation and restoring normal motion.
Treatments for Whiplash After a Car Accident
Treatment for whiplash typically begins with a thorough evaluation by a doctor, who will check for any signs of nerve damage or other complications. In many cases, a course of physical therapy is recommended to help improve range of motion and reduce pain and stiffness in the neck.
Physical therapy for whiplash often involves a combination of exercises and manual therapy techniques. These may include stretching and strengthening exercises to help improve range of motion, as well as techniques such as massage and joint mobilization to reduce pain and stiffness.
Other treatments for whiplash may include the use of hot or cold packs to help relieve pain and stiffness, as well as immobilization of the neck with a collar or brace. In some cases, a cervical traction device may also be used to help stretch and align the neck.
During a crash, the head is often whipped around violently and that can easily injure the cervical spine. However, Dr. Ali R. Ramezan and his team of elite chiropractors work with many auto injury patients, and has years of experience diagnosing and treating these cases. Even a “minor” crash can result in serious injury, like ligament sprains. This can lead to chronic pain and disability if not treated properly. In fact, research shows that early treatment is the best way to prevent long-term symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy are effective because they help restore the healthy, normal function of your nervous system…without drugs or surgery.
It is important to follow our doctor’s recommendations for treatment and to be patient, as recovery from whiplash can take several weeks or even months. In most cases, symptoms will improve with time and appropriate treatment. However, if symptoms persist or worsen, it is important to contact a doctor for further evaluation and treatment.
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Take the First Step Toward Recovery
If you’ve been injured in an accident as a result of recklessness, negligence, a defective product or other fault, you should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible so that your health does not deteriorate, and you have the proof that you need to seek deserved monetary compensation.
At AmeriWell Clinics, we not only diagnose and treat injuries caused by accidents, we also refer our clients (if desired) to personal injury lawyers who we trust and have previously been involved with.
Many times injuries are hidden, or are underestimated, so please call us today for a free consultation at (301) 576-0500, or email us. We also provide free legal referrals to our patients who are suffering from accident-related injuries.