Whiplash injuries are extremely common in car accidents, as the head and neck are thrust back and forth while the body is held in place by your seatbelt. The Mayo Clinic defines whiplash as, “a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip. Whiplash most often occurs during a rear-end auto accident, but the injury can also result from a sports accident, physical abuse or other trauma.” Whiplash often needs treatment as it can cause neck pain, limited motion of the neck, dizziness and many other negative side affects.
What is the Treatment for Whiplash?
Treating whiplash may be multifaceted as you are trying to manage pain, and gain proper movement back for your neck. The cases vary from an easy recovery, to extremely difficult recovery. To manage your pain, the following actions may be necessary:
Ice or Heat. A Heating pad or ice packs are helpful tools for relieving pain.
Pain medicine. Over the counter or prescription painkillers.
R&R. Rest and Relaxation can be beneficial immediately after an accident.
Muscle relaxants. these will help ease your pain and can aid in sleeping.
Massage. Massage therapy can help sore muscles and tissues.
Medical Treatment. Below are some of the providers that our clients have been happy with. Your orthopedic doctor or chiropractor may give you a series of neck stretches and/or prescribe a regimen of physical therapy. A physical therapist may make an individualized plan for your recovery exercises.
Phillips & Green
Many of our clients have been happy with the orthopedic doctors at Phillips & Green. They have offices in next to the Metro stop in Silver Spring (301) 495-2626, on Livingston Road in Fort Washington, (301) 248-8940, and in Falls Church, (703) 534-9680. They perform medical treatment and have a physical therapy center at those locations.
Little River Chiropractic
Chiropractic care may also help with joint or manipulating the spine to a better position. In Alexandria, Virginia, many of our clients have been happy with their treatment through Little River Chiropractic and Wellness Center, (703) 941-4464.
Alliance Physical Therapy
Other clients have sought treatment through Alliance Physical Therapy, which has offices in Alexandria, Colonial Heights, Fairfax, Manassas, Midlothian, Mount Vernon, Richmond, Springfield, Stafford, Tyson's Corner, Washington, D.C., and Woodbridge.