Whiplash Treatment in Fort Worth & Irving, TX
Injury and Neck Pain from Whiplash
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries to experience after a car accident. The condition occurs when a sudden movement of the head is sustained backward, forward or even side to side destabilizes the spine. The results of whiplash include:
- Severe pain of the neck, shoulder, arm, or low back
- Blurred vision
- Reduced range of motion in the neck
- Neck stiffness
Left untreated, whiplash and cause long-term pain. Any part of the body which is thrown forward unexpectedly and beyond normal mobility limits can sustain stretched ligaments and even tears. Ligaments and muscles supporting the head and neck are especially vulnerable during a collision.
In many cases, the physical effects of an accident are not always known or felt immediately. It can take days, weeks, or even months for whiplash symptoms to develop. That’s why it’s critical to seek chiropractic care immediately after an accident. Even if a car accident is seemingly minor with limited damage to the car itself, or outward signs of bodily injury are not present, whiplash may still develop.
Chiropractic Care for Whiplash
Since chiropractors specialize in the care of bones, muscles, nerves, and connective tissue, are they invaluable after an accident. Early care and treatment can ensure a full recovery.
Chiropractic spinal adjustments are considered by many experts to be one of the more effective therapies for whiplash due to an auto accident and injury. When combined with other treatments, such as physical therapy, spinal decompression, Interferential therapy, and ultrasound, whiplash injuries can be corrected.
The doctors at Atlas Medical Center have vast experience and training in treating whiplash. Our goal is to return functionality and movement so that the neck will work properly with a full range of motion.
Chiropractic Therapies for Whiplash
Chiropractic treatment of whiplash uses a combination of both passive and active therapy. Initial treatment starts with passive therapy to help you relax as your neck and body heal. Ultimately the goal in treating whiplash is to progress to active treatments as soon as possible, strengthening the body so that the spine and vertebrae have better support.
Adjustments rely on a gentle force in a precise direction, applied to a subluxated joint, or a joint that is “locked up,” or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health.
Manual Therapy and Mobilization
This type of hands-on therapy focuses on relieving muscle tension and soft tissue inflammation which develops as a result of whiplash. During the treatment, the chiropractor uses a controlled process of stretching to improve bio-mechanical elasticity to reduce soft tissue inflammation, induce relaxation, improve tissue repair, facilitate movement and improve function.
Hot and Cold Therapies
Using heat as a treatment can increase blood flow to the affected area which increases more oxygen and nutrients in the damaged area. Cold therapy treatments slow circulation and reduce inflammation, muscle spasms, and pain.
Alternating between hot and cold therapy is effective in the overall healing process.
Interferential Current Therapy (IFC) is noninvasive therapy indicated for the relief and management of chronic pain, and post-surgical and post-trauma acute pain. It provides a safe and effective alternative to pain medications. IFC has minimal side effects and is generally tolerated well in patients.
IFC is used extensively to manage pain, edema, and inflammation due to soft tissue irritation from trauma or degenerative changes, with less dependence on narcotics
Applying sound waves deep in muscle tissues creates a gentle heat that increases blood circulation and healing. It also helps in reducing cramping, swelling, and muscle spasms.
Every treatment program is individualized and based on your overall health and history with an exercise program tailored to your needs.
Our primary goal at Atlas Medical Center is to ensure that whiplash patients will be free of muscle spasms and pain, have improved blood circulation, and return to a full range of motion once therapy is completed.
Atlas Medical Center offers two locations to serve our clients in the Fort Worth and Irving area. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.
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