Neck pain that occurs as a result of an accident or injury can put you on the sidelines; immediate treatment can get you back in the game and put you on the road to recovery. Dr. David Preston and the experienced chiropractors and medical providers at Bay Area Wellness Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, provide a variety of rehabilitative treatments for whiplash and other neck ailments. If you’ve suffered a recent neck injury, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Whiplash is an injury that occurs when your neck is suddenly and forcefully jerked forward or snapped backward. This motion can create tears in your neck’s muscles, ligaments and tendons, causing pain and limited mobility.
Whiplash most often occurs as the result of a car accident or during high-impact sports activities.
Symptoms of whiplash include tenderness, stiffness, and pain when you turn your head, as well as headache pain that starts at the base of your neck and radiates throughout your head. You may also experience tightness in your neck that restricts your motion.
Your doctor and medical professional at Bay Area Wellness Center can determine if you have whiplash with a thorough examination and several tests.
During your exam, your doctor assesses your ability to move your head, arms, and neck. He also tests the range of motion in your shoulders as well as your reflexes and the degree of strength and sensation in your arms.
Your doctor may use X-rays to get a visual image of your neck. X-rays can reveal whether the bones in your neck have been dislocated or fractured and will show whether arthritis is present.
CT scans can give your doctor a cross-sectional view of the bones of your neck, and an MRI can provide him with a visual image of your neck’s muscles, tendons and discs.
The physicians and medical providers at Bay Area Wellness Center offer several methods of treatment for whiplash, including:
Physical therapy and exercise
Physical therapy can help relieve the pain associated with whiplash and improve your neck’s mobility and flexibility. Exercises and stretching movements that enhance posture and range of motion can decrease your discomfort and help your neck move naturally.
Foam collars can keep your neck steady and relieve pressure. Your chiropractor at Bay Area Wellness Center may recommend collars only be used for up to three hours at a time for severe pain.
Your physician or medical provider may recommend over-the-counter pain medications for minor pain associated with whiplash or prescription pain medications for more severe pain.. They may also prescribe muscle relaxers if muscle spasms are present. For pain that doesn’t respond to prescription medications, your doctor may recommend muscle or trigger point injections.
Alternating hot and cold compresses and rest can also help to alleviate discomfort caused by whiplash.
If you’ve experienced a neck injury, call or schedule an appointment online today.