If you were recently involved in an auto accident or had a nasty slip and fall in Gainesville, Florida and believe you may be suffering from Whiplash, our Chiropractors and Medical Doctors can help you get the care you deserve.
To ensure that our Whiplash patients are also protected from a legal standpoint, we can also refer them to a local Personal Injury Attorney to ensure that if they are entitled to financial compensation for their injury, they receive it and also do not have to pay for their medical treatment.
If you live near the Gainesville, Florida area and are suffering from symptoms related to an injury where you neck got jerked forward and backward rapidly, contact Florida Spine and Injury today and get a Free Consultation with our Whiplash Injury Chiropractor.
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Whiplash is a relatively common injury that occurs to a person's neck following a sudden acceleration-deceleration force that causes unrestrained, rapid forward and backward movement of the head and neck, and is most commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents.
Whiplash, also called neck sprain or neck strain, is an injury to the ligamentous structures of the neck. Whiplash is characterized by a collection of symptoms that occur following damage to the neck.
By suffering a whiplash injury, your intervertebral joints (located between vertebrae), discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots may become irritated or damaged.
The ligaments and muscles in your neck are extended beyond their normal comfortable range of motion cause you to experience whiplash.
Whiplash is considered a soft tissue injury typically treated by a chiropractor.
Whiplash commonly occurs through the rear impact of an auto accident that causes the head and neck to be forced into hyperextended (backward) position as the seat pushes the person's torso forward - and the unrestrained head and neck fall backward, then, the head and neck are thrown into a violent
More recent studies investigating high-speed cameras and sophisticated crash dummies have determined that after the rear impact the lower cervical vertebrae (lower bones in the neck) are forced into a position of hyperextension while the upper cervical vertebrae (upper bones in the neck) are in a
This leads to a deformation of the normal S-shape in the cervical spine which puts an incredible amount of load on the upper back to keep your head in a more anatomical position.
It is thought that this abnormal motion causes damage to the soft tissues that hold the cervical vertebrae together.
The harsh movement can injure bones in the spine, discs, ligaments, muscles, nerves and other tissues of the neck and upper back.
The neck is extremely vulnerable to this type of injury because of its ability to shift in a multitude of directions.
So now that you know about the cause, what are the common symptoms that affect most people?
The odd thing about whiplash is that there usually isn’t a sign of right after an injury. Most symptoms show up a few hours or even days after the incident.
Common symptoms that a victim of whiplash will show are:
If you are dealing with any of the above-mentioned symptoms after an auto accident, it is important to come in a get tested to make sure you are not susceptible to chronic conditions in the future.
So how do you get diagnosed?
Depending on the severity of the accident, you may be taken to the hospital or a doctor's office to be examined.
The doctor will examine the patient to determine if they have any injuries that require immediate medical treatment.
Our Gainesville medical staff includes a team Chiropractors, Medical Doctors, Surgeons and Physical Therapists who all have years of experience diagnosing and treating Whiplash Injuries.
There are three main steps to diagnosing whiplash.
The three steps are:
These three tests are critical to determining the severity of your injuries, how long treatment will take and the methods of treatment that will work best for you!
Recent studies have shown that prolonged immobilization on the neck actually slows the healing process. If there is no evidence of abnormal spinal alignment, early range of motion is advised.
Our Chiropractors and Medical Doctors take a holistic
Other forms of treatment than manipulation and exercise is muscle relaxation. Sometimes lifestyle adjustments are necessary for the time being for a patient to get the best recovery possible.
Recovery time is based on the severity of your injuries.
Some whiplash injuries are minor enough that it may only take a few days or weeks to heal, while some injuries take longer.
The most common time frame for whiplash injuries to last is around 3 months for a full recovery.
If you have been injured and are experiencing whiplash symptoms, call our Whiplash Injury Clinic in Gainesville now at (352) 433-0898 to schedule an appointment with our Chiropractors and Medical Doctors. Make sure your neck is in the right hands for the best whiplash recovery.
Need more information?
Check out our Complete Guide to Whiplash Injuries.
What Is Whiplash? Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & Signs. (2018). From https://www.medicinenet.com/whiplash/article.htm.
Whiplash Information Page | National Institute of Neurological .... (2018). From https://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/all-disorders/whiplash-information-page.
Whiplash. (2018). From https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/pain-management-whiplash.
If you are suffering from Whiplash after being involved in a Traffic Accident, our team of Chiropractors can help relieve your pain!