If you have been injured in an automobile accident, our Atlanta Orthopedic doctors are ready to help. One of the most common injuries we see post-accident is whiplash, although sports and work related injuries may also result in this type of injury.
How Whiplash Occurs
When your head is thrust forward and backward abruptly, whiplash may occur. The force of a car collision can damage your soft tissues, joints, spine, or muscles, and cause chronic neck and back pain, and numbness.
Some people may experience burning or tingling in the neck and back, and even headaches or dizziness may occur. These symptoms may present immediately, or may take weeks or even months to appear.
In some whiplash injuries, one or more of your vertebrae in your spine may be displaces. This is called subluxation, and can cause nerve impingement, resulting in pain and discomfort.
Orthopedic Treatment For Whiplash
When treating whiplash, most people turn to chiropractic care, physical therapy, and massage to get them healed and feeling better.
Our orthopedic doctors help by adjusting your spine and realign your displaced vertebrae and consequently relieve pain and improve mobility. Even if you are not experiencing pain, seeking treatment from our orthopedic doctors immediately following an injury can help improve your healing time and allow us to assess any damage sustained to your spine.
After a few weeks of treatment, physical therapy can commence to help your soft tissue to heal. Massage therapy is another great therapy to help decrease inflammation and relieve pain your muscles.
The extent of your injuries will determine what therapy you require and for how long. If you have been involved in an accident, please call us at (404) 855-2141 to get your treatment started.