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Whiplash injury and recovery

Whiplash Injury and Recovery

When you hear the word “whiplash,” chances are your mind goes straight to an automobile accident. But whiplash can also occur from a sports injury, being violently shaken by the shoulders or from a fight. Sometimes you will feel the symptoms of a whiplash injury immediately, but other times it may take days to show up. Whiplash can include pain, decreased range of motion, muscle spasms, tightness, headaches, anxiety, fatigue and memory loss. Any injury that runs the risk of a concussion can also result in whiplash.

Whiplash occurs when your head is violently thrown back and then forward. This sudden movement can create injury in the spine, ligaments, tissue, muscles, and nerves of the neck. Everyone recovers differently, and an individualized plan needs to be created to address specific injuries. Don’t wait around to get help. 

Physical therapy for whiplash injury recovery in Shawnee, KS

If you have symptoms of whiplash, you can help alleviate the pain with physical therapy. Our specialists in Shawnee, Kansas, will work with you to strengthen and stretch your neck muscles. We will get you back to your everyday life, whether that involves playing with your kids, working at the office or getting back on the football field. Our specialists will work with you specifically regarding your injury and your specific goals.   

Do not let a whiplash injury go unchecked. Neck pain can lead to other severe issues that include migraines, reduced range of motion and chronic pain when left untreated. The sooner you take care of your neck, the faster you can recover. Physical therapy is a noninvasive way to take care of your injuries and help you avoid pain medications. It can get you back to your old self and equip you with the strength and skills necessary to prevent future injury. 

If the whiplash is due to a car accident, our physical therapists can also help you with a comprehensive evaluation to see if there are any other injuries related to the incident. Regardless of how you acquired your whiplash, know that our specialists can help get you on the road to recovery. Contact us today to learn more and set up your first consultation.