What is Whiplash?: The term Whiplash is a term that describes injury caused to the tendons, ligaments and muscles of the neck and spine as a result of sudden or forceful movement of the head or body. Whiplash gets it’s name because the body stops fast and the head and neck “whip” forward without control. While many associate whiplash injury with car accidents, they can also occur on roller coasters, sports injuries or being punched or shaken. Shoulder and neck pain can be a common problem as much as low back pain and leg pain.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
Symptoms of whiplash may be delayed for 24 hours or more after the initial trauma. However, people who experience whiplash may develop one or more of the following symptoms, usually within the first few days after the injury:
- Neck Pain nd stiffness
- Pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
- Low back pain
- Pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Irritability, sleep disturbances & fatigue
If you think you have whiplash, there are some way to assess your situation and treat whiplash.
As a Physical Therapy clinic who specializes in musculoskeletal problems, we often encounter patients with auto-related injuries, such as shoulder and neck pain or low back pain. Treatment using physical therapy for whiplash and the key to optimal healing of whiplash and many auto related injuries is to recognize that connective tissue damage is often the major cause of persistent pain and loss of function. Treatment for whiplash must consider this problem and unfortunately connective tissue injuries are often missed & or given less consideration than bony problems such as fracture or pinched nerve problems in the spine, yet they are much more common and significantly contribute to whiplash symptoms. If a person who is receiving treatment for whiplash becomes overweight, and the whiplash symptoms prevent the client from being able to maintain their normal level of activity/exercise, simply click on Ideal Weigth-Loss Kauai for ways to lose weight without exercise and for some self help tips on losing weight.
Approximately 80% of persistent pain after whiplash injury is due to connective tissue problems. Treatment for whiplash symptoms begins with Physical Therapy. Physical Therapists are the premier experts in treatment for whiplash and whiplash symptoms. Too often, auto injury patients will go to a chiropractor or call a 1-800 attorney referral hotline where the client will get referred to “members” of the hotline. Extreme caution should be followed if that is the action you choose to take. Kauai Therapy & Wellness is the premier choice for aftercare and treatment of whiplash. Although we are and independent family owned private Physical Therapy practice, we work with the finest Auto Injury Attorneys, Urgent Care Doctors, Chiropractors and more. Hawaii is only about a dozen No Fault Auto Insurance States. No fault insurance means that your own automobile insurer will pay some or all of your medical bills if you get into a car accident, regardless of who was at fault for the accident.
Kauai Therapy & Wellness we accept ALL auto insurances and also accept all letters from attorneys to guarantee you to receive the care you need without incurring ANY upfront fees. (We accept the letters so therefor, if you don’t get paid then we don’t get paid when dealing with auto accident care where you are not at fault and have retained an attorney. Choosing the wrong Health Care provider for example one who is not familiar with fast acting long lasting results or one who may not understand how to sort with your attorney or insurance company could become problematic. We take pride in our work with your whiplash symptoms and are documentation experts in case of your need for attorney representation for after the accident. Do Not delay your care any further as there is no cost to you and whiplash symptoms can often intensify over time and create long term problems.