Whiplash: Head/Neck Injuries and Chiropractic Care at Palms Rehab & Wellness
It’s not uncommon for people to experience neck and upper shoulder area pain. Yet, that does not mean you shouldn’t seek out help. At Palms Rehab & Wellness, our goal is to determine the underlying cause of your pain so that we can offer a comprehensive treatment plan. If you have whiplash or think you may, we encourage you to visit Dr. Clydell Dewberry as soon as possible for an appointment.
What Is Whiplash and Why Does It Happen?
Whiplash, also known as neck strain, is a type of pain located in the upper shoulders, neck, and even extending into the head. It occurs when sudden force against the neck area causes the stretching and then tearing of the tendons and muscles located in this area. It is commonly found in those who are athletes but also occurs after a car accident. The jarring, forceful movement of the head back-and-forth causes this type of pain.
The symptoms of whiplash include:
- Limited range of motion of the neck without pain
- Muscles that feel knotted or hard
- Pain when rocking the head side-to-side or back-to-front
- Overall tenderness
- Headaches, especially those at the base of the skull
If you have these or other types of symptoms of neck pain, we encourage you to make an appointment right away. The sooner you receive treatment, the better.
Why Is Immediate Whiplash Treatment So Important?
In many situations, the pain stemming from whiplash occurs right away right after the traumatic, forceful movement or hit to the area. However, in many other cases, it takes time to develop. And, if you do not get help and a full exam soon enough, you may face complications. Whiplash can cause a concussion, for example. The damage is not likely to go away on its own, either. This means your pain and symptoms could continue long-term without treatment. Whiplash treatment obtained sooner can reduce the risk that you’ll develop complications or long-term mobility problems.
Your Chiropractor Offers Whiplash Treatment
When you come in to see our team for whiplash treatment, our first step is to provide a thorough exam to pinpoint the area of concern. We use x-rays and, in some cases, most advanced tests to determine the presence of whiplash. We’re looking for signs of muscle or tendon damage as well as inflammation.
From there, we can offer treatment. This may include manipulation that helps to better align the spinal column in this area. We use gentle force to ensure there is proper alignment present. In addition to this, massage therapy is used to help reduce the inflammation. The methods we use help to stimulate the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the area, encouraging the body’s natural healing to occur. Each patient receives a customized treatment plan designed to meet their specific needs.
Schedule a Whiplash Consultation with Your Chiropractor in Hollywood Today
At Palms Rehab & Wellness Center, we want you to have the best access to pain relief. Our whiplash treatment options are extensive. Schedule a consultation with your Hollywood chiropractor, Dr. Clydell Dewberry by calling 954-964-6000.