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 January 22, 2021

Whiplash Chiropractic CareSigns of Whiplash

Any change in your condition after a car accident should be an indication that you need to visit the chiropractor. Even if you are not necessarily in pain, PhysMED can help you understand what happened, what you might expect, and how to avoid complicating your injury.

Whiplash is one of the most common problems after a crash. It can also be one of the subtler issues — at least a first. Here are some of the signs you should look for.

Discomfort

“Whiplash” is a general term for a broad category of trauma. In addition to this ambiguity, the same exact injury can affect different people in different ways.

That said, there are some common types of pain associated with whiplash. You would probably feel discomfort in any or all of the following regions:

  • Neck
  • Upper and lower back
  • Shoulders and arms
  • Head (as in headaches)

You might experience shooting pain, a dull ache, or a twinge when performing certain movements or activities — these could all indicate whiplash. Please see us for whiplash treatment immediately if you experience any type of discomfort.

Lack of  Range of Movement

Another characteristic symptom of whiplash injuries is a reduction in movement range. You might experience pain that stops you from tilting your head or turning it from side to side. You might also have some arm, or back mobility and flexibility issues.

Part of your treatment at PhysMED will probably include exercises that safely expand your range of motion and accelerate your healing process. Choosing the wrong motions could make your injury worse — please come in and let us help you establish a personalized treatment plan.

Drowsiness or Confusion

Whiplash and related injuries could lower your energy levels or change your routine. This is just a symptom — there are many possible causes.

It is essential to seek immediate professional medical attention if you or your loved ones notice any type of cognitive or behavioral change. This includes drowsiness, inability to sleep, lack of energy, and general confusion — but please be on the lookout for any type of deviation from your normal habits.

Sometimes, low energy levels are simply the result of your body and mind healing from the stress of the accident. Nevertheless, we will analyze your accident and perform tests to eliminate the possibility of underlying injuries.

The Accident Itself

There is no need to wait for symptoms in most cases. Also, Florida law has a 14-day rule to seek medical attention after a car accident. The forces involved in even a low-speed collision are immense. Our bodies are simply not structured to handle that type of abuse.

Whiplash specifically occurs when your head moves forward and snaps back quickly. If that happened during your accident, even if you were at parking-lot speeds, you could have serious injuries.

A Results-Focused Approach

At PhysMED, we focus on healing your underlying injuries and strengthening your ability to heal. We have an excellent record of positive treatment outcomes for whiplash and other accident-related injuries. Please contact us soon at 941-909-3527, and we will set aside a time for your appointment as soon as possible.