Whiplash Treatment in Houston, TX

Whiplash and Auto Accident: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Causes of Injury

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“Whiplash” is a term used to describe an injury having its etiology in very sudden and violent movements of the spine or extremities, leading to a loss of integrity in the neuromusculoskeletal system. These abrupt accelerations, can lead to tears or ruptures in muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, and brain or nerve tissue, causing pain, impairment, and dysfunction in our daily lives. These injuries are usually associated with the soft tissues of the body, but fractures can also coexist with this type of trauma. These sudden jolts can be precipitated by frontal, side or rear impacts. Even a slow speed collision can cause whiplash injury. While whiplash injuries are most commonly linked to auto and sports incidents, recreational mishaps are also a common cause of this type of injury.

Symptoms of Whiplash Trauma

There can be a constellation of symptoms associated with these injuries, but many victims will experience:

  • Neck pain
  • Stiffness
  • Spasms
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Rib cage pain
  • Thoracic/mid-back pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Numbness or tingling in an extremity/arms or legs
  • Lumbar and cervical disc herniations

In addition, a person may have: loss of movement or function, swelling or bruising, loss of strength, or pain that becomes so distracting or annoying, that it causes disruptions in one’s ability to perform efficiently and effectively at work, or while engaging in recreational activities, subsequently, affecting their performance and enjoyment in life.

Whiplash Treatment Techniques and Procedures

  • Myofascial techniques
  • Interferential current therapy (Nemectron Medical)
  • IntererX therapy
  • Light Force Laser treatment
  • Acupuncture
  • Decompression
  • Flexibility exercises
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Manipulation/mobilization
  • Diagnosis

One of the most important factors in Whiplash Treatment, is having an accurate diagnosis before instituting a treatment regimen. After intake forms are completed, a thorough history is taken, followed by an in depth orthopedic/neurological examination. At this juncture, the most efficacious treatment protocol is designed for the patient. Risk factors or comorbidities may alter or prolong recovery and recuperation.

At Bear Creek Chiropractic Injury Center, our primary objective is providing pain relief and rehabilitation to Houston whiplash victims, as well as returning these patients to their vocational and avocational pursuits, in the shortest possible time. With over 38 years of clinical experience and training, through The Spine Research Institute of San Diego, with emphasis and study pertaining too, “Whiplash Injury Biomechanics and Traumatology,” we are very confident in our abilities to provide a setting for healing and recovery. We are well versed in handling insurance claims and working with legal representatives as well as providing assistance and assurance to our patients.

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