Whiplash Injuries Often Lead to Chronic Pain

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Whiplash is a very common type of neck injury, typically caused by rear-impact traffic crashes, falls and sports injuries.

Studies consistently show that over 50% of whiplash victims continue to have pain and disability one to two years later, with up to 20% having moderate to severe pain.1

In addition to severe pain, a whiplash may include the following:

  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • limited neck movement
  • lack of balance
  • pain or stiffness in the neck, jaw, arms or shoulders
  • tingling or numbness in the face, shoulders, arms, hands or fingers
  • concussion symptoms


Early management may have a critical impact on preventing the chronic pain and disability that are often the long-term outcomes of whiplash.1

Research is showing that restoring proper motion to the cervical spine and restoring postural control in the head and neck are key factors in preventing chronic neck pain and disability.1

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The medical staff and physical therapists at Wellspring Health Center have specialized training in whiplash rehabilitation. Their integrated treatment approach includes:

  • Pain Management to allow for earlier transition into rehabilitative therapy, provided by our on-site medical practitioner
  • Joint mobilization to gently restore motion to the cervical spine which reduces pain
  • Pilates Rehab Therapy to restore postural control to the head and neck and spinal muscles
  • Neuromuscular Re-education to rehabilitate nerve receptors in the injured joints (especially important for those suffering with dizziness or balance problems)
  • Myofascial Release to release restricted tissues around the supportive muscles reducing pain and increasing range of motion
  • Massage studies show that massage causes biological changes associated with reduced inflammation and pain.2
  • Therapy Modalities including electrical muscle stimulation and low level laser to reduce scar tissue formation and promote healthy tissue regeneration

If whiplash is due to a recent auto accident, most auto insurance plans cover our medical, physical therapy and massage services at 100%.

If your condition is not related to a recent auto accident or has become chronic, your health insurance may cover our services. Our insurance staff is happy to assist you with verifying coverage.

If whiplash symptoms are affecting your quality of life, contact us for a Complimentary Pain or Injury Screening.

Contact us for a Complimentary Pain or Injury Screening.

References:
1. Source: Spine, 2011 Dec 1;36(25 Suppl):S211-7

2. Crane JD, et al "Massage therapy attenuates inflammatory signaling after exercise-induced muscle damage" Sci Transl Med. 2012; DOI:10.1126/scitranslmed.3002882.