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Physical Medicine & Wellness Center

Chiropractic & Physical Medicine located in Florence, KY

Whiplash injuries are one of the most common types of problems following automobile accidents and can cause long-term pain and disability when left untreated. The team at Physical Medicine & Wellness Center in Florence, Kentucky, offers effective care to relieve pain and discomfort associated with whiplash and car accident injuries. Our team provides conservative chiropractic and medical care to get you back to normal as quickly as possible. Schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.

Whiplash Q & A

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury that occurs when the head is quickly and forcefully whipped backward and forward. This occurs most often in car accidents, but it can also happen on rollercoasters and during certain sports, like football or hockey. Whiplash injuries can occur at any speed, including collisions under 20 mph.

When the head is jerked backward and forward abruptly, the movement over-stretches the muscles and ligaments that support the spinal column. This can cause mild to severe damage to the soft tissues of the neck, leading to pain and chronic neck problems, if left untreated.

What are the signs of a whiplash injury?

If you’ve been in a car accident or experienced another head or neck injury, look for signs of whiplash, including:

  • Neck pain
  • Neck stiffness and decreased range of motion
  • Neck instability
  • Tenderness in the shoulders, upper back, and arms
  • Numbness and tingling from the neck to the arms
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

Concussions can also occur during car accidents due to the forceful nature of whiplash injuries. The team screens for concussions and whiplash injuries in the instance of any accident, including low-speed collisions.

How is whiplash diagnosed?

The team diagnoses whiplash following a comprehensive consultation and physical exam. First, your doctor asks about the accident, including how fast you were going, the angle of impact, and if you experienced pain immediately or after a few hours or days. You’ll also be asked concussion screening questions to determine if you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Next, your doctor takes you through a physical exam that involves movements and stretches that may aggravate your pain. Your doctor also presses on areas around your neck, shoulders, and upper back to assess for areas of pain and tenderness. In some cases, you may need X-rays or an MRI to rule out more serious complications from your accident.

How is whiplash treated?

Whiplash treatment depends on the severity of your condition and pain level. The first goal of treatment is to relieve your pain through soft tissue therapy — including massage, electrical stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, and hot or cold therapy. The team then works with you to improve your range of motion and rebuild strength in the soft tissues of your neck. At this stage, care includes chiropractic adjustments and rehabilitation.

In severe cases or those cases that don’t resolve with conservative care, the team refers you to specialists in the area for additional care.

Start your recovery from whiplash today by scheduling an appointment online or by phone at Physical Medicine & Wellness Center.