Whiplash

Whiplash Specialist
If you’ve recently been in a car accident or traumatic event that caused a sudden impact, you may have intense neck pain. This strain is called whiplash, and it can disrupt your daily life, preventing you from doing simple activities. Consult with a trusted chiropractor, Sayel Fakhoury, DC, at Gentle Touch Chiropractic in Tarzana, California, today to find the best treatment plan for your whiplash. He also sees patients from Woodland Hills, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Reseda, and Van Nuys.

Whiplash Q & A

Gentle Touch Chiropractic

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

The pain of whiplash is extreme. Those who have it report:

  • Headaches
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Tenderness in the neck and shoulder
  • Pain when moving their head
  • Stiffness in the neck

If you’ve recently suffered a trauma, it may take as long as a full day for the symptoms of whiplash to appear. Because whiplash is caused by an impact, it may be accompanied by a concussion. Concussions can be serious, so it’s important to contact Dr. Sal quickly, especially if you’re experiencing:

  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Trouble speaking

How is whiplash treated?

First, Dr. Sal will take your medical history, consult with you about your pain, and possibly order a CT scan or MRI to diagnose your condition. These will allow him to see the muscles, discs, and ligaments that were affected during your initial trauma. Depending on the severity of your whiplash, Dr. Sal may prescribe a regimen of physical therapy to reduce pain and strengthen your neck.

Whiplash heals on its own, but the healing process is more manageable if you perform a few tasks regularly. For example, you should ice your neck every 3-4 hours for 15 minutes to reduce swelling. Dr. Sal may advise you to use a neck brace to support your neck, preventing movement, and allowing the strain to heal. Follow his prescribed regimen closely for best results.

It’s important to remember that everyone is different. By working closely with Dr. Sal, you can find the right combination of treatments to relieve your pain.

How can I prevent whiplash?

Since whiplash is caused by a sudden trauma, prevention is difficult. It can be caused by anything from a car accident to contact sports, so the best course of preventive treatment is to drive a car with a high safety rating, avoid sports where you may be injured, and avoid getting into other situations where trauma could possibly occur.

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