When to Get Physical Therapy for Whiplash

When to Get Physical Therapy for Whiplash

Everyone has heard of whiplash, but you may not have heard that it’s highly treatable. By getting proper treatment, you don’t have to suffer through an extended period of physical pain and hope it subsides with time. However, many people opt to wait it out before attempting to treat the painful symptoms of whiplash.

What Happens to Your Neck During Whiplash

Most whiplash injuries occur during automobile collisions. When one moving vehicle collides with another car or a stationary object such as a light pole, fire hydrant, or wall, passengers may be violently jerked forward and backward. This tends to cause hyperextension of the neck and place intense stress on the cervical spine, which can rupture spinal discs and create rim lesions, or cracks in the vertebral bones.

Whiplash also tends to cause damage to the soft tissue located around the facet joints in your spine. Facet joints cushion the points where your vertebrae connect and rub against one another, allowing your neck and back to flex and bend without your bones grinding against one another. When these joints become inflamed, your mobility can become significantly limited and you will experience intense, persistent pain in the back and neck, even when performing normal activities.

If you are experiencing neck pain following a car accident, whiplash could be the culprit. You may also have whiplash if you have any of the following:

  • Pain that moves from your neck down to your arm
  • New and regular headaches
  • Lower back pain
  • New tooth or jaw pain
  • Nausea, dizziness, or imbalance

At What Point Does Whiplash Go Away?

Whiplash injuries can heal on their own, in many cases. However, without a professional opinion, you have no way of knowing whether your whiplash injury will heal itself or continue to cause you pain for years to come. By getting an Aberdeen physical therapist on your side in the early stages of your injury, you can significantly decrease your recovery time and decrease the likelihood of long-term pain.

How Physical Therapy Can Help with Whiplash

In cases of neck injuries, many people worry about the possibility of surgery. Physical therapy can help alleviate much of your neck and back pain and help you regain mobility and range of motion using non-invasive methods. Our team at ProFysio Physical Therapy has helped many whiplash patients rebuild strength and movement and has a wealth of experience to draw from when helping you create a therapy plan that best suits your injury.

Aberdeen Physical Therapy Solutions for Whiplash

Our experienced Doctor of Physical Therapy knows how to pin down the source of your pain and create a comprehensive treatment plan that will help you get back up and moving as soon as possible. Our compassionate ProFysio Physical Therapy team is here to help you work through the pain and make a quick, complete recovery possible.

Call us at (732) 333-6360 to get a free evaluation right away.

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