Why You Shouldn't Wait to Seek Treatment for Whiplash

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries to derive from car accidents, which cause millions of injuries in the US each year. Whether your symptoms stem from such an accident or another cause, such as a fall or football injury, seeking prompt medical care is very important for improving your life-quality and preventing complications later on.

To begin treatment or get answers to your questions about whiplash, call Arlington Pain & Therapy, or contact us through our website. Our experts are passionate about providing you with the care you deserve for your injuries. Read on to learn more about this common pain condition.

Whiplash basics

Whiplash, also called cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD) syndrome, is a soft tissue injury that happens when your head is violently jerked back and forth. The jolting motion places intense force on the neck region of your spine. It can also damage surrounding tissues, such as muscles, discs, and ligaments. In addition to car accidents, whiplash can derive from sports injuries and falls

Whiplash symptoms may occur right away or develop a few days later, so it’s important to get checked out if you’ve had an accident or injury that caused your head to jolt suddenly. Some of the most common symptoms of whiplash include:

When to seek medical care for whiplash

As soon as you notice any signs of whiplash, suspect you may develop symptoms because of an accident or injury, or receive a diagnosis for whiplash, call Arlington Pain & Therapy. Keep in mind that not everyone experiences neck pain as the primary symptom. You can even have whiplash and notice only a headache and fatigue initially. Getting properly diagnosed and treated can help lower your risk for long-term complications of whiplash, such as chronic back, neck, or shoulder pain and headaches that could last for years.

Whiplash treatment

Diagnosis for whiplash typically begins with a comprehensive exam, where you’ll discuss any symptoms and your overall health and medical history. We may order X-rays to get a better look inside your neck. From there, we’ll customize a treatment plan aimed at minimizing pain and promoting healing. Your treatment plan may include:

Depending on the severity of your condition, healing from whiplash may take anywhere from days to weeks or even months. But the sooner you seek medical support, the better.

To get on the path to greater comfort, call Arlington Pain & Therapy, or email us through our website.

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