Whiplash often occurs when a person violently jerks their head forward and backward, usually after being struck from behind. This type of injury puts a lot of strain on the neck muscles and cervical spine, which can lead to stiffness and pain in the neck, including headaches. Many people sustain whiplash injuries during rear-end car accidents, but many types of physical events can cause this injury also.
If you or a loved one sustained a whiplash injury and now suffers adverse side effects, our chiropractors at Specific Care Chiropractic want to help you. We offer whiplash treatment in Cape Coral, which involves chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy, and monitored exercise regimens. As a result, we can help you recover and restore mobility in your neck.
Types of Therapies Our Chiropractors Use for Treating Whiplash
At Specific Care Chiropractic, we offer the following types of treatments to help our patients recover from whiplash injuries:
Chiropractic adjustments, also referred to as spinal manipulation, comprise several techniques used to move vertebrae and disks back into proper spinal alignment. Whiplash injuries affect the cervical area of the spine, so we may also target any extremities feeling pain, such as the shoulders.
Patients with neck injuries may want to take a more physiological approach and utilize key exercises that can strengthen the neck muscles and make them more flexible. Rehab exercises should be monitored so that you know the proper form and can safely perform them at home.
Because many of our patients complain about stiffness or tightness in the neck, we also apply therapeutic massage techniques to relax their neck muscles and encourage better blood flow and flexibility. This can also help people suffering from headaches caused by neck tension.
We offer ultrasound therapy, which uses sound waves to penetrate muscles and repair damaged tissue if you would like a technological approach. This can be a great way to relieve neck pain and encourage muscle regeneration.
Our facility uses physiotherapy to treat whiplash as a holistic approach to healing the body and encourage overall health. In 2016, BMC Public Health released a study that found that victims who suffered whiplash injuries had a “poorer quality of life” than victims who sustained different minor injuries—as such, making sure to rehabilitate your body correctly can be crucial in preventing long-term damage.
Exercises That Can Help Reduce Whiplash Pain
Before attempting any form of exercise after sustaining a whiplash injury, you should rest for 24 to 48 hours and consult your physician to see if it is safe to do so. One of our physicians will guide you throughout your recovery and let you know when it is safe to add or increase exercise in your daily routine.
Following are some light exercises you can practice in between rehab sessions to help relieve neck tension and pain:
Side-to-Side Head Rotations
You can perform this type of exercise while seated or lying down. Begin by slowly turning your head to your right shoulder and hold it there for 20 seconds. If you would like a deeper stretch, use your hand to gently push your chin further. Next, turn your head to your left shoulder and hold it there for 20 seconds. You can repeat this stretch three to five times on each side.
These stretches can also be performed while seated or lying down. Begin by using your hand to bring your right ear close to your shoulder and hold it there for 20 seconds. Next, use the opposite hand to bring your left ear close to your left shoulder and hold it there for 20 seconds. You can repeat this stretch three to five times on each side.
While lying on your back, slightly tuck your chin into your neck and hold for five seconds. Your head should not lift higher than an inch above the bed or resting surface. You can repeat this stretch up to 10 times.
These are only a sample of exercises that may be included in your routine. Our physicians can instruct you on how to perform these at home. Remember, these exercises are meant to be as pain-free as possible, so if you experience too much strain, stop immediately and consult your physician.
We Work With Personal Injury Lawyers to Help Patients With Whiplash Claims
Whiplash injuries are a common result of vehicle accidents, work-related accidents, and sports accidents. If a negligent party led you to injure your neck, you might qualify to file a personal injury lawsuit against them and pursue compensation. Alternatively, if you were injured while working, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation.
Regardless of your reason for building a legal case, we are willing to provide any resources you need to support your whiplash claim. You will have to sign a medical release form to permit your attorney to obtain confidential information about your treatment, but we will cooperate and offer to provide:
- Medical records, including test results and imaging scans
- Medical analysis and notes about your whiplash injury (e.g., potential cause and severity)
- A detailed treatment plan that includes the therapies you may require for your recovery
- Medical invoices for your current treatment and estimates for future treatment
- Medical testimony if your case requires an expert witness
If you are searching for a personal injury lawyer, we may be able to refer you to someone in our network who can provide you legal assistance.
Call Our Office Today to Start Your Cape Coral Whiplash Treatment
If you sustained a whiplash injury in a car wreck or other type of accident, consider getting chiropractic treatment before your injury worsens and leads to long-term or permanent damage. Our Cape Coral chiropractors can assess how severe your injury is and create a treatment plan to reduce pain and stiffness in your neck.
We can help you recover from the accident and work with your personal injury lawyer if you are building a case. Call (239) 369-9109 today to schedule your first appointment with Specific Care Chiropractic.