What Are the Treatment Options for Whiplash?

Although whiplash is most often associated with rear-end car accidents, the truth is, any traumatic event that makes your head quickly snap forward and back can cause it. Contact sports are a major culprit, as are falls and even physical abuse that involves a blow to the face or head or violent shaking.

Most cases of whiplash improve on their own over time, but some don’t. Every person responds differently, and depending on the severity of the condition, symptoms may last for months or years.

Fortunately, there are several effective treatments that can help you overcome whiplash and reduce the risk of lasting complications. Our team of pain management experts at Regency Pain & Therapy Institute in Mansfield, Texas specializes in advanced methods for treating pain of all kinds. If you’re suffering from whiplash-related neck pain, we can help. 

Understanding whiplash

Like all muscle strains and ligament sprains, whiplash comes in varying degrees of severity from mild to severe. Your symptoms will depend on the force of the blow and the direction of the whip. Some people simply feel a little achiness or stiffness that goes away in a few days, while others experience more extreme symptoms, including:

If you have any of these symptoms, come see us right away. We can perform a complete evaluation and let you know the extent of your injuries and the best treatment options. Keep in mind that your symptoms may be delayed a day or two after your accident.

Treatment choices for whiplash

At Regency Pain & Therapy Institute, we always start with the most conservative treatments first. Often, over-the-counter pain medication is all that’s necessary to take the edge off and allow you to heal naturally without intervention. If that doesn’t help, we can.

Our primary goals are to relieve your pain, promote healing, and reduce your need for medication. With that in mind, we typically recommend the following treatments for whiplash.

Physical therapy

Soon after your accident, when your pain is most acute, we employ passive physical therapy, which simply means you don’t have to do anything but relax and let us do the work. As your body rests and heals, we use targeted massage techniques to increase circulation, relax muscle tissue, and reduce inflammation. We may also use hot and cold therapy to aid the process.

The goal of passive physical therapy is to get you ready for active physical therapy, which involves your participation. Here, we teach you stretches and exercises that help increase your range of motion and strengthen the supporting muscles.

Osteopathic manipulative treatment

Our osteopathic specialist, Dr. Mark Dirnberger, is an award-winning, board-certified musculoskeletal expert who understands the complexities and nuances involved in neck injuries. He uses a highly skilled technique to gently manipulate your muscles and joints, applying controlled pressure, resistance, and stretches that trigger healing. 

Osteopathic medicine considers the whole person — mind, body, and spirit — and respects the fact that your body is adept at self-healing. Dr. Dirnberger keeps these tenets in mind as he helps your body heal itself. And studies show that this approach is highly effective not only for whiplash, but for other musculoskeletal injuries and disorders as well. 

Interventional pain management

At Regency Pain & Therapy Institute, we believe in treating all our patients as unique individuals, and we never apply a cookie-cutter treatment. In fact, our commitment to interventional pain management means we draw from all medical disciplines to ensure you receive the best care for your specific condition and symptoms, whether that’s physical therapy, osteopathy, traditional medicine, or alternative medicine.  

Depending on your whiplash symptoms, we may offer you trigger point injections, medication, massage, or cervical spine manipulations. 

If you’ve suffered whiplash and are living with pain, stiffness, and other lingering symptoms, schedule an appointment by calling us at 817-435-1642, and start feeling better soon. 

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