No one plans to get into a car accident, but it can happen when you least suspect it. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that can occur as a result of a collision in your car. The condition describes a specific type of neck injury caused by a violent motion that moves a person’s neck similar to the way a whip cracks. Whiplash can vary in degrees, but all whiplash injuries are traumatic neck injuries involving damage to the cervical vertebrae.
When you’re involved in a traumatic car accident, our experts at Twin Cities Chiropractic Physical Therapy can help you feel better faster. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the ways our physical therapy services can help with whiplash.
Car Accidents and Whiplash
Millions of drivers are injured each year in car accidents, and whiplash is the most common automobile injury accident. Whiplash can also be quite costly. In addition to the initial medical expenses associated with whiplash, it can also cost in terms of missed time at work and chronic pain. In fact, it’s not uncommon to experience chronic pain a year after the accident is over.
Causes of Whiplash
Whiplash can cause muscle spasms and cause vertebrae to misalign. It can lead to neck pain, nerve impingements, and referred pain. Symptoms can also include headaches, arm pain, neck pain, stiffness, and mobility problems. Because the accident can give you an adrenaline rush, you may not realize the severity of your injuries immediately. However, over the next few days, once that adrenaline starts to wear off, the pain can come on strong and stay.
The Road to Recovery
Although the recovery from whiplash can take a long time, there are a few steps you can take to speed up the process. One of the most important steps you can take is to see a doctor right away. A doctor can assess the severity of the damage and determine if any tissue damage or fractures need to be treated. They can also help you begin the physical therapy process right away to help you heal faster.
Here are just some of the tools a physical therapist can use to help with whiplash:
● Simple exercises
● Manual therapy
Recover from Whiplash Faster With Chiropractic and Physical Therapy
Whether you’ve been recently involved in a car accident or you are going through a prolonged recovery process, you don’t have to suffer needlessly. At Twin Cities Chiropractic Physical Therapy, our compassionate physical therapists offer a wide range of therapies to help you feel better.
We can customize a treatment plan using massage, traditional chiropractic treatment, and physical therapy solutions. Connect with one of our Twin Cities Chiropractic Physical Therapy team members today and experience lasting pain relief by calling us at 651-224-1921, or contact us to schedule your visit.