Whiplash is a neck sprain or injury caused by a sudden forward then backward movement of the head. The movement causes the neck and upper back muscles, joints, and ligaments to overstretch. Millions of Americans experience whiplash each year. Fortunately, physical therapy can help ease the pain and help you recover from whiplash. If you need physical therapy in White Marsh for whiplash or any other injury, look to the experts at Comprehensive Spine and Sports Center in nearby Essex. Please read on to learn more.
Causes of Whiplash
The most common cause of whiplash is a rear-end car collision, but there are a host of other causes, including:
- Physical abuse, for instance, being punched
- Cycling accidents
- Contact sports, including football and boxing
- Horseback riding
- Blows to the head
Symptoms of Whiplash
If you’re suffering from whiplash, you’re likely to experience one or more of the following symptoms. You may feel stiffness and pain in the neck which accelerates when you turn your neck. If after an accident you have dizziness, headaches or blurred vision, there is a good chance you have whiplash. Finally, extreme weariness may be another sign.
The above are the acute symptoms associated with whiplash. However, you may also notice these signs:
- Ringing in ears
- Memory loss
- Chronic neck pain
Treatment of Whiplash: Physical Therapy in White Marsh
Baltimore residents can turn to Comprehensive Spine & Sports Center for the treatment of whiplash as well as other injuries. We are a team of chiropractors and physical and aquatic therapists who create customized treatment plans to manage pain.
Physical therapy uses massages, exercises and cold and/or heat treatment to care for injuries. Our physical therapists will assist you with multiple motion exercises to strengthen your muscles, improve posture, and ultimately re-establish normal movement.
When necessary, we can use a mild electric current in a process known as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS.) Research has proven that TENS is useful for the treatment of chronic pain associated with whiplash.
Dependable Rehabilitation Center
Comprehensive Spine and Sports Center focuses on returning you to your healthy life. We offer physical and aquatic therapy, chiropractic care, dry needling, and non-surgical spinal decompression. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and let us get you back to shape.