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Whiplash Treatment After an Auto Accident

If you suspect you may have whiplash after an auto injury or similar trauma, it is important to seek treatment. Symptoms could be milder at first, but this does not necessarily indicate anything about the extent of the injury. Please do not delay — allow a professional to analyze your case and recommend any necessary therapies. Whiplash treatment could take several forms. It depends on the type, location, and severity of the whiplash injury, but your recommendations could include physical therapy, exercises, chiropractic care, trigger point injections, or other procedures.

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Advanced Diagnostics

Your consultation for this type of injury would most likely begin with an analysis of your physical condition. A medical professional would ask you various questions about how you feel, examine your physical condition, and ask you to perform some diagnostic motions.

Understanding the exact nature of your pain and observing your range of motion could allow for an initial diagnosis. In other cases, your doctor might recommend imaging. MRI and related procedures do have the potential to provide evidence of certain types of injuries caused by whiplash, but these are not prescribed in every situation. The need for imaging usually increases if your initial symptoms could indicate specific conditions, or else later in your treatment if the initial therapies do not have the expected effect.

Physical Therapy and Exercises

Therapeutic exercises and guided physical therapy often go together in a whiplash treatment program. In a typical session, a physical therapist could provide examples of various exercises, assess the progress of your injury, and guide you through the process of learning the exercises. After your guided sessions, you could then take the techniques home and perform them yourself. Please only execute motions recommended by a professional — any generic advice might not apply to your injury.

Trigger Point Injections

Trigger point injections are sometimes used to alleviate symptoms associated with whiplash. These injuries typically involve stress to the soft tissues, such as the muscles and ligaments in your neck. This may cause your muscles to tighten up and become unable to relax. Trigger point injections address this specific condition.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is an established treatment for whiplash due to its focus on the joints and the soft tissues surrounding them. This type of treatment involves consultations with a chiropractor, analysis of your condition, and the application of various physical techniques to alleviate symptoms and promote healing for your specific injury.

We believe that all treatments should be explored, starting with the least invasive and most efficient options. That is why we spend time getting to know you before we make any recommendations. The result: a unique course of treatment for every case. Please feel free to call (941) 921-4884 to begin the process today.

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