Whiplash is a painful injury that happens when your head and neck are “whipped” back and forth due to a sudden impact. At Auto Injury Specialists of Florida in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Christopher Walker and his medical team can properly diagnose and create a plan to treat whiplash injuries before they create more serious problems. To prevent any lasting effects whiplash could cause, call or book an appointment online today.
Rear-end collisions are the most common cause of whiplash, which results when your head and neck are “whipped” from one position to another very quickly. This sudden movement can cause your muscles, tendons, and nerves to be stretched beyond their natural capacity, and can cause injury to your head, neck, back, and shoulders.
You may not realize that your head and neck experienced trauma at the time of your accident, but you may begin to develop symptoms hours, or even days, later.
Signs that may indicate whiplash include:
Sometimes, a whiplash injury will heal on its own over several days or weeks. However, when left untreated, severe whiplash can have lasting effects that cause chronic issues such as:
At Auto Injury Specialists of Florida, Dr. Walker and the team of physicians can diagnose whiplash and create a plan of care that may help prevent any long-term effects from developing.
First, they examine you carefully by identifying where you’re hurting, by performing some simple nerve tests, and by observing the movement of your neck, shoulders, and head. They may also take an X-ray or do other diagnostic tests, if necessary.
Dr. Walker and his team may suggest a series of exercises, physical therapy, massage, over-the-counter drugs, or prescription painkillers. These treatments can prevent the long-term effects of whiplash, as well as provide short-term relief.
If you’ve been in a rear-end collision or experienced a physical trauma that may have left you with whiplash, call Auto Injury Specialists of Florida or book an appointment online today.