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Whiplash is a common neck injury that occurs when a person makes a sudden backward or forward jerking motion with their head. This condition causes a sprain or strain in the neck as the tissues are being stretched beyond their normal range of motion. At Movement Concepts Physical Therapy in Garden City, we commonly treat whiplash and can get you recovered and feeling good as new!

How Do I Know if I Have Whiplash?

Whiplash is mostly associated with car accidents but can also be a result of other neck traumas such as work or sports-related injuries.  Some of the most common symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain with a feeling of stiffness
  • Headaches that are specifically at the base of the skull
  • Vertigo
  • Impaired vision
  • Consistent weariness in the neck

If your symptoms get worse over time, you should follow up with your physician immediately to prevent further damage.  A physician may recommend an MRI or a CT scan to make sure your pain is not associated with another type of neck injury. Some of the more serious symptoms of whiplash that require immediate medical attention include:

  • Memory impairment and an inability to focus
  • A ringing sound in the ears
  • Trouble with falling asleep or staying asleep
  • A sense of ill temperament
  • Consistent pain in the neck and head that spreads to the shoulders and arms

If you think you may have whiplash and you are looking for physical therapy in Garden City, contact us at Movement Concepts Physical Therapy.

Whiplash Treatment

There is no specific cure for whiplash, but there are some ways to alleviate symptoms. Older treatments of whiplash suggested immobilization of the neck by utilizing a motion-restricting collar, but newer studies have shown that early movements of the neck are beneficial. Applying ice to the neck is recommended in the first 24 hours following the injury, along with OTC anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxant medications.

In addition to symptom management, a physician will want you to follow up with a physical therapist. During your rehabilitation, simple neck exercises will help rebuild and restore the muscles and flexibility in your neck. No intense or heavy exercising is required and should be avoided to prevent further pain or injury.  

If you have whiplash and you are looking for physical therapy in Garden City, please contact Movement Concepts Physical Therapy for an evaluation.

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