Whiplash Treatment in the Tampa Bay Area
Whiplash is an injury that occurs when your head or neck jerks violently forward and then backward. This motion can cause stress to your neck and spine, potentially leading to more medical issues.
What are the Causes of Whiplash?
Whiplash happens when your neck's tendons suddenly stretch or tear. Intervertebral joints, cervical muscles, ligaments, discs and nerve roots are often damaged during whiplash. A motor vehicle accident is the most common reason for whiplash injuries. Car crashes often lead to sudden jolting movements during a collision. Other sudden forces that can cause whiplash includes spills, falls and sports-related accidents.
What are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
Symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, stiffness, restricted neck mobility, pain during neck movement, tenderness, tingling, and numbness in the arms, dizziness, jaw pain and fatigue. Some people also report experiencing ringing in the ears, blurred vision, sleep disruption, headaches and irritability. Injuries like this can also impact your mental health with states like depression or anxiety.
How Dangerous is Whiplash?
In the vast majority of cases, whiplash isn't a life-threatening condition. However, whiplash can be very painful and debilitating for neck movement. While many cases of whiplash aren't serious, this condition can worsen over time if it goes untreated. Most medical experts would recommend that you seek medical treatment regardless of the severity of pain that you are experiencing. Whiplash can lead to a prolonged period of disability in your life.
What are the Treatment Options for Whiplash?
Treatment options range from over-the-counter pain medications to physical therapy. A chiropractor may suggest neck injections if painkillers do not work. Your doctor may also recommend the application of ice to the whiplash-affected area.
Visit Our Tampa Chiropractor to Help With Whiplash
Gulf Coast Injury Center has been the Tampa, FL area since 2004. Our medical facility is staffed with professionals who are more than capable of serving patients with all kinds of injuries, from falls to car accidents. The center uses a combination of chiropractic treatment, rehabilitation, and massage therapy to restore every patient to full health. Call us at 831-258-6061 to request an appointment.