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What Is Whiplash & Motor Vehicle Physical Therapy?

What Is Whiplash & Motor Vehicle Physical Therapy?

At Back In Motion Sport & Spine Physical Therapy, we have seen significant changes over time in the attitudes and actions of our average patients through the years. 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 muscles, joints, and ligaments, and they need reinforcement and encouragement that they can and will get better. You want to live a long, active life, and feel normal again…and we can help make that happen with this program!

Our Motor Vehicle Accident & Whiplash Treatments Can Help You Make a Quicker & Lasting Recovery

Our Motor Vehicle Accident & Whiplash Treatments Can Help You Make a Quicker & Lasting Recovery

Whiplash occurs when a person’s head moves backward and then forward suddenly with great force. The muscles in your neck suffer a strain because of a rapid movement backward and then forward.

This motion causes your neck’s tendons and ligaments to stretch and tear, resulting in whiplash. This kind of injury usually occurs following a car accident, physical abuse, sports injuries, or even amusement park rides.

It may be time to come see us if you are experiencing any of the following whiplash signs and symptoms:

– Dizziness
– Pain or stiffness in the neck that goes away and then returns
– Severe neck pain
– Localized weakness in an arm or leg
– Numbness or tingling in your shoulders, arms, or legs
– Blurred Vision

Our Whiplash & Motor Vehicle Accident Treatments

Our Whiplash & Motor Vehicle Accident Treatments

  • Dry Needling Dry needling is an advanced technique that uses very small needles to puncture the skin around stiff muscles. We sometimes use dry needling with electrical stimulation, an electrical current transferred through the dry needle that can help accelerate the pain-relief process.

  • Myofascial Release- A hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure and massage to the myofascial connective tissues. Your therapist will gently massage the myofascia and feel for stiff or tightened areas to eliminate pain and restore motion.

  • Deep Tissue Massage- Muscles can lockdown after a traumatic injury. That’s the body’s way of trying to protect the area that’s hurt. The problem is, once muscles get that way, it can be difficult to regain that natural movement. By receiving a proper massage, you can increase your rate of recovery dramatically by freeing the body to do its job.

  • Functional Mobility & Strengthening- An approach that helps increase your overall mobility and strength to ensure your pain stays away long after rehab. Increased strength & mobility will help you heal your current pain or injury, prevent future injuries, improve your posture, prevent chronic diseases, and protect bone health.

Want Help to Decide if Our Whiplash Physical Therapy is Right For You?

Want Help to Decide if Our Whiplash Physical Therapy is Right For You?

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Whiplash Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Whiplash Treatment

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 muscles, joints, and ligaments, and they need reinforcement and encouragement that they can and will get better. You want to live a long, active life, and feel normal again…and we can help make that happen with this program!