How Physical Therapy Can Help You Recover From Whiplash

Navigating life after a car accident can be challenging; you may feel sore, restless, and mentally off-balance afterward. It can be difficult during this time to distinguish the difference between trauma and a physical injury, but it’s possible you could be suffering from whiplash. The first step to recovery starts with finding the right treatment. Physical therapy could be just what you need to recover from whiplash and regain your wellness.

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is one of the most – if not the most – common car accident injuries. It often happens when the head is jolted rapidly back and forth, causing damage to the soft tissue in the neck and shoulders. While most cases are mild and can resolve themselves with time, severe whiplash could lead to a traumatic brain injury, especially in rear-end accidents or collisions with significant force.
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Whiplash Symptoms

If you suspect you’ve suffered from whiplash after a car accident, we can help you identify some of the symptoms you need to look for. Signs of whiplash may include:

  • Neck Pain
  • Difficulty moving your neck
  • Changes in vision
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches
    Ringing the ears

    Whiplash has similar symptoms to other traumatic brain injuries. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical care as soon as you can to rule out any other injuries. The earlier you seek treatment, the sooner you can relieve your symptoms now and prevent chronic pain or disability in the future. For initial care, we recommend seeing a medical professional to check for traumatic brain injuries, then after, see a physical therapist to help you fully recover.

How Physical Therapy Helps You Recover From Whiplash

Physical therapy offers targeted therapies designed to enhance your physical well-being and restore function. The goal is to improve your quality of life after a severe injury, providing benefits such as pain relief, improved function, disability prevention, and an easier recovery. Your physical therapist may help you recover through various exercises, stretches, and muscle therapy, along with professional guidance on how you can continue your treatments at home. Your whiplash treatment may include a combination of physical therapy approaches:

  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Manual therapy
  • Aerobic exercises
  • Floor exercises
  • And More

These services can be used in combination with any other therapies or methods to find the most effective approach for your unique case. With the help of a physical therapist, they will put you on the right path to recover from whiplash and reclaim your body and health after your car accident.

Regain Movement

Whiplash makes it challenging for you to move your neck, which can limit your range of movement. Having decreased function can make it difficult to complete your day-to-day tasks, but physical therapy can help you overcome this handicap. Targeted exercises and therapies from physical therapy target the damage from whiplash, allowing you to overcome your injuries and use your body again without the pains or limitations of a whiplash injury.

Recover Faster

Physical therapy can help you recover from whiplash faster by helping you work and rebuild the injured neck tissue. The therapies and exercises also help to ease and eliminate pain by reducing inflammation in the area. Working with a physical therapist who specializes in traumatic brain injuries can address the side effects of whiplash, such as headaches, sleeplessness, and more, helping you make a full recovery in all areas of your health.

Can Prevent Your Symptoms From Worsening

If left untreated, whiplash can develop into chronic neck pain, shoulder pain, or persistent headaches. But if you intervene early with physical therapy, you can ensure that the tissue fully heals before you put any strain on it or cause further damage. Physical therapy also ensures the longevity of your recovery by giving you the tools you need to prevent future pain and injury.

A Better Quality of Life

At Essential Chirocare and Physical Therapy, we have experience and expertise in helping patients overcome whiplash and other traumatic brain injuries. With our caring and highly-trained physical therapists, we ensure you receive the dedicated care you need to regain your health and wellness. We’re committed to helping you recover and providing the necessary tools for a better quality of life. Learn more about our Physical Therapy Services and discover how they can help you recover from whiplash. Together, we can work with you to move better and move forward.

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