It can be a very scary and even life-changing experience to be in a motor vehicle accident. Many of these accidents not only result in emotional trauma, but physical trauma, as well – with one of the primary injuries being whiplash.
Whiplash (or whiplash associated disorder/WAD) describes an injury of the neck, caused by a sudden and rapid jerking of the head either backward, forward, or side-to-side. This lightning-fast motion can often cause vertebral subluxation (a dislocation of the spinal column in the neck) among many other problematic conditions. Symptoms of whiplash include neck pain and stiffness, arm pain, shoulder pain, back pain, blurred vision, nausea, numbness/tingling, dizziness, vertigo, ringing in the ears and headache.
As soon as anyone experiences whiplash or any of these uncomfortable symptoms due to a motor vehicle accident, they should see a chiropractor immediately. In some patients, it can take months for severe symptoms to present themselves following the accident. Don't wait for these symptoms to appear. Seeking professional help from a specialist immediately after the accident will ensure the best outcome for recovery, and is your best bet against potential lifelong pain.
The doctors at The Advanced Therapeutic Centre in Toronto will be able to assess a patient's unique pain problem and develop a comprehensive plan in order for a patient to fully benefit from treatment. The Centre offers Rehabilitation Programs that take the injured area through four levels. These levels of treatment are effective for patients with various pain conditions, including those suffering from the unfortunate effects of whiplash. These therapy techniques aim to reduce muscle pain, while ensuring that a patient continues to condition and strengthen the body following their symptomatic relief.
Some of the therapies that may be incorporated into a patient's custom Rehab Program include:
A whiplash injury often causes strain to the muscles, joints and ligaments in the neck and back. With laser therapy, a special light is used on these areas to reduce inflammation and swelling, while stimulating the body's natural healing systems. Laser therapy is non-invasive, it heals, reduces pain and does not cause scar tissue formation. This is highly beneficial for a permanent recovery.
Acupuncture is effective for providing pain relief from whiplash injuries because it stimulates blood flow to the areas where the soft tissue has been affected. Acupuncture also increases energy levels in the patient, while changing their pain perception.
Chiropractic is great for an area that has been injured. Chiropractic involves correcting the joints that are out of alignment, assisting with structural balancing, and restoring proper posture to the injured body.
At the Centre, we facilitate exercises and activities that take the injured area through stretches, range of movement, stimulation/balancing, and strengthening.
Certain nutrients are required to enhance a patient's recovery and facilitate healing. Nutritional recommendations are made to be used in combination with other therapies.
If you're suffering from persistent physical pain, or have experienced any recent physical trauma, please schedule a consultation with The Advanced Therapeutic Centre today. We would love to hear from you, and ultimately help you.