Sweetwater Sports Medicine of Oakbend Medical Center

Physical Therapist located in Sugar Land, TX

You might associate whiplash with a car accident, but you can experience this painful neck condition from a sports injury or other type of trauma. Physical therapy is an essential part of the treatment plan for whiplash, and the skilled team at Sweetwater Sports Medicine at OakBend Medical Center in Sugar Land, Texas offers numerous specialized treatments. If you need care for whiplash, call the office or book an appointment online.

Whiplash Q & A

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a specific type of neck injury caused by the forceful, unexpected movement of your neck. It’s also sometimes referred to as neck strain. Car accidents, sports injuries, or trauma are common causes of whiplash.

With treatment and an exercise program, you may recover from whiplash within a few weeks. However, if you’ve had whiplash in the past, have a history of neck or back pain, or are older, it may take a little longer for you to recover.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Common symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Limited neck movement
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue or dizziness
  • Pain in the shoulder, back, or arms
  • Tingling that travels down your arms

Due to the pain and effect on your mobility, you may also experience difficulty sleeping, irritability, and depression.

How is whiplash treated?

Treatment for whiplash includes:

  • Rest
  • Heat or ice
  • Over-the-counter or prescription pain medication
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Pain injections
  • A foam collar

Exercise and physical therapy are also an essential part of the treatment plan for whiplash to improve your range of motion and muscle strength, especially if your pain lasts longer than a few weeks.

What can I expect during physical therapy?

The Sweetwater Sports Medicine team provides individualized care for whiplash. The aim of therapy is reducing pain and improving function. Your treatment might include:

  • Spinal manipulation
  • Gentle stretching
  • Exercise program, including a home exercise plan

During spinal manipulation, a therapist applies pressure to your spine to reduce muscle dysfunction and improve blood flow to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Spinal manipulation accelerates recovery time by promoting healing to the injured area.

The team may apply warm, moist heat before you get started to improve tolerance to exercise. You learn some gentle stretching exercises during your clinic visit, and it’s important to continue these stretches at home, so you don’t lose your flexibility and the gains you make during therapy.

The team may also apply electrical stimulation to your neck to temporarily reduce pain.

For treatment for your whiplash to reduce pain and improve function, call or go online to book an appointment with the experts at Sweetwater Sports Medicine at OakBend Medical Center today.