Whiplash is a common injury that occurs when your neck moves forcefully back and forth. It’s most common after a car accident, but can occur after other types of accidents as well. For example, high-impact sports, physical fights, and abuse can also lead to whiplash injuries.
Your neck is composed of bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves, and other tissues. When your neck is moved forcefully, this intricate structure often is damaged, which produces the symptoms of whiplash.
The most common symptom of whiplash is neck pain. However, if you have whiplash, you may also notice:
The symptoms of whiplash may vary in severity, and they can also fluctuate over time.
In many cases, the doctors at South Shore Chiropractic are able to diagnose whiplash based only on your symptoms. In other cases, they may run tests to rule out other possible issues, such as bone spurs in the neck.
After you’ve been diagnosed with whiplash, Dr. Campo or one of his colleagues creates a customized treatment plan to address your condition. This treatment plan may include:
In some cases, your doctor also may recommend ultrasound therapy and/or electrical muscle stimulation.
In some cases, patients with whiplash may heal without any treatment. However, if whiplash is moderate or severe, treatment often is required. If you don’t get the treatment you need, you may continue to experience symptoms months or even years after your injury. For this reason, it’s better to seek treatment at South Shore Chiropractic than to hope your injury heals on its own.