Whiplash

 

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in an automobile accident and may occur even in minor accidents.  Signs of whiplash may begin immediately or over the course of the next week or two. 

If you have experienced an abrupt backward or forward motion of your head due to an automobile accident you may have whiplash.  Your symptoms may include, neck or upper back pain, stiffness, or tenderness of the muscles of the neck and shoulders, loss of range-of-motion, pain or numbness into the arms or hands, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, problems with vision, changes in mood, difficulty sleeping or difficulty thinking.  

In most cases, injuries are to the soft tissues such as discs, muscles and ligaments.  Dr. Moscow may order x-rays in order to rule out more serious conditions such as fractures or dislocations and an MRI or CT scan may be ordered in order to better evaluate the discs, muscles and ligaments. 

How is whiplash treated?

Dr. Moscow may order imaging such as an MRI to evaluate the size and exact location of your injury.  There is no “one size fits all” approach to treating patients who have suffered a whiplash.  Every patient presents with a unique set of signs and symptoms and thus gets a treatment plan tailored specifically for your injuries.  

Dr. Moscow has successfully treated countless patients who suffered a whiplash injury.

Treatment options may include traditional chiropractic adjustments, the use of adjusting devices such as activator or arthrostim, flexion-distraction or decompression therapy, modalities such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation, massage therapy, rehab exercises, different types of stretches, or prescription or over the counter medication, or even trigger point injections  

In addition we have excellent relationships with many other physicians in Sarasota including orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, neurosurgeons and pain management specialists that we may consult if appropriate. 

Every person is different and deserves an approach to treatment that is best suited to you.