Our Physical Therapists can usually diagnose whiplash by examining your symptoms and asking you questions about your injury. CT scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can show details of damaged soft tissues (such as nerves or disks), though they may not always be required.
How long it takes for whiplash to heal so that you no longer experience symptoms depends upon the severity of the injury. Your age can also have an effect on recovery time- the older you are, the longer it will take to recover. A vast majority of neck pain goes away within a few days, and even more within three months. But studies show that between 12% and 50% of people still have persistent neck pain after a year. That's why it's so important to seek the proper treatment for your whiplash as soon as possible to avoid having returning pain years later!
The number one reason to make an appointment with me is to put an end to your frustration and put your mind at ease. After taking you through a thorough evaluation, we can give you an accurate diagnosis pinpointing why your pains are occurring and outlining an approach to treatment so you can get back to doing what you love. In return, you can save both time, money, and return to your favorite sport or activities. People injured in a car accident are not like your normal patients. They need attenuative care with “hands-on” techniques such as massage to decrease their sensitivity. They need light exercise to increase blood flow to their [...]