Our Atlanta orthopedic doctors are ready to help you if you have been injured in a car accident. The most frequent injury during an automobile accident is whiplash, which occurs mostly in rear-end collisions. What you may not know is that you can get whiplash during other activities like work, sports, or other trauma.
Any time your head is jerked abruptly in any direction, you could end up with whiplash. This is seen in severe impact situations most commonly in a car crash.
The muscles, ligaments, spine, or joints can become injured during the force of a crash, resulting in pain in the neck and upper back area. You may also experience numbness down the arm from the shoulder into the hand, tingling or stinging sensations, headache or dizziness or even blurring of your vision.
These symptoms do not always appear immediately after the injury. It may take weeks, months, or even years for you to start feeling like something isn’t right.
Often during a whiplash injury, one or more of your vertebrae or discs within your spine become displaced. This is called subluxation and can cause pressure on the nerve or a “pinched nerve”. =
How do you treat this injury?
Most affecting among many treatment options are chiropractic care, massage, or physical therapy. Having your spine adjusted allows the displaced vertebrae to slip back into place.
Chiropractic treatments with this as the goal can ultimately help increase mobility and decrease pain experienced. Even if you do not have any pain, it is still imperative that you seek immediate treatment following an automobile accident to ensure that no damage has occurred to your spine.
Typically, a few weeks after an injury physical therapy can begin to help the muscles, tendons, and ligaments begin the heal. Massage therapy is another chosen option by our doctors to decrease inflammation and ultimately relieve the pain you may be experiencing from tired muscles.
Orthopedic Treatment For Whiplash Injury
Call us at (404) 855-2141 for an appointment so we can assess your injuries and come up with a treatment plan that may involve physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage, or a combination of several. If you have been involved in an accident call today to get immediate treatment and prevent any unnecessary pain and discomfort.