If you are struggling with pain after a car accident, you may be suffering from whiplash. It’s important to treat any underlying conditions after an accident so your pain doesn’t worsen. At Spinal Health and Rehab Integrative Medicine in Punta Gorda, FL, we offer expert chiropractic treatment for whiplash and other conditions. We also serve Port Charlotte, Arcadia, North Port, Cape Coral, and North Fort Myers, FL. We will identify the root cause of your problem and offer permanent solutions to relieve your symptoms.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash refers to an injury to the neck muscles caused by the neck's rapid forward and backward motion caused by trauma, such as an auto accident or personal injury. This often causes stiffness and limits your range of motion in your neck.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash often does not present symptoms right away and can be challenging to diagnose on your own. However, you may recognize some whiplash symptoms, such as:
- Limited motion range
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Tension in the shoulders and neck
- Reduced flexibility in your neck
- Blurred vision
- Tingling or numbness
- Loss of memory
- Difficulty sleeping
These symptoms are often mild, and they can start 24 hours after the car accident. It is easy to miss the connection between them and the accident. You may notice general pain, tension, and headaches. Severe cases can cause memory loss, sleeping difficulties, blurred vision, and more.
Diagnosing a Whiplash Injury
At Spinal Health and Rehab Integrative Medicine, our chiropractor will examine the severity of your whiplash before recommending the best treatment plan. We will evaluate your entire spine, as the injury can affect areas that aren't showing any symptoms and cause back pain.
Our chiropractor will identify regions of restricted joint motion, muscle spasms, ligament injuries, or intervertebral disc injuries. If any of your body parts are tender or tight, our chiropractor will also identify them.
Our chiropractor may also need X-rays to better understand your condition. This will evaluate any degenerative changes that existed before the whiplash injury. We will use the diagnostic results and images to develop the best treatment course.
The right treatment course depends on your condition. Our chiropractor will create a personalized treatment plan that is unique to you. We may use spinal manipulation to realign the back and neck and alleviate tension. We can also use massage therapy to help soft tissues heal. Our chiropractor may suggest physical therapy to improve your flexibility and range of motion in your neck. With a combination of therapies, we can get you back to living a pain-free life.
Schedule an Appointment for Whiplash Treatment
Spinal Health and Rehab Integrative Medicine offers expert chiropractic care to the residents of Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Arcadia, North Port, Cape Coral, and North Fort Myers, FL. If you are suffering from whiplash, visit our chiropractor right away. We provide natural, non-invasive treatment options for whiplash and a variety of other conditions. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us today.