Whiplash Specialist

Excel Spine & Rehab

Jay Adams, DC

Chiropractic Clinic & Rehabilitation Center located in Norman, OK

Whiplash is a neck injury caused by forceful back-and-forth movement of your head. Though not always a serious medical issue, whiplash benefits from medical care to accelerate healing of the injury and prevent future health problems. At Excel Spine & Rehab in Norman, Oklahoma, Jay Adams, DC, offers conservative and effective treatments for whiplash to support rehabilitation and ease pain. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Whiplash Q & A

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a type of neck injury that most often occurs after a rear-end auto accident. Though you can develop whiplash from a sports injury or any bad fall that causes a forceful back-and-forth movement of your head.

The forceful movement places extra stress and strain on the ligaments and muscles in your neck, which leads to the whiplash injury and the related symptoms. 

Though whiplash resolves within weeks, you shouldn’t ignore your symptoms or injury. If you suspect you have whiplash or need care for your auto injury or neck pain, schedule an appointment at Excel Spine & Rehab.

When left untreated, whiplash may turn into a chronic problem that causes ongoing neck pain or headaches. 

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Whiplash symptoms usually develop within a few days of the injury. Common symptoms include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Increasing pain when you move your head or neck
  • Difficulty moving your head
  • Headaches
  • Tenderness in your shoulder, arms, or upper back
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

In some people, whiplash may cause blurry vision or ringing in the ears. The symptoms may also affect sleep, causing irritability, anxiety, or depression. 

What can I expect during a whiplash evaluation?

When you visit Excel Spine & Rehab for a whiplash evaluation, you can expect a thorough exam. Your provider first asks detailed questions about your injury. They also review your symptoms and medical history.

Your provider performs a physical exam, paying close attention to the structure and function of your spine, especially your cervical spine. They may also request imaging studies, such as X-rays or MRIs, to look for areas of damage. 

How is whiplash treated?

Your provider at Excel Spine & Rehab creates a personalized treatment plan for whiplash based on the severity of your symptoms and your overall health. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Spinal manipulation
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Functional rehabilitation
  • Posture therapy

You can expect routine visits at the chiropractic clinic for treatments and therapy. You continue with care until your whiplash symptoms resolve. Most people recover from whiplash injuries within a few weeks.

Don’t ignore your whiplash injury. Call Excel Spine & Rehab or schedule an appointment online to start care today.