The most frequently occurring auto accident injury is whiplash. Whiplash is the result of neck hyperextension. Hyperextension essentially means that the skull briefly separates from the neck during vehicle impact and can cause problems if the upper spine doesn't return to its proper position after being forced out of place. Even a fairly minor misalignment can cause severe pain in the neck, shoulders, and even the back.
Pain in the neck and shoulder area is the most common sign of whiplash. Other possible indicators of whiplash may include:
After an auto accident, it's best to get checked out immediately. Injuries such as whiplash may not be detectable early on; in fact, it may be a day or two before you experience whiplash symptoms. Dr. Knop and staff can spot the early signs of whiplash during an exam and through X-ray imaging. This allows for the earliest treatment and relief possible.
After completing a comprehensive exam and analysis, the staff will make a diagnosis and create a custom treatment plan for your whiplash injury. Treatment may include:
Treatment starts with relief care. During the relief care phase, our team will work to alleviate the pain and other symptoms caused by whiplash. This phase usually lasts for 4-12 weeks, with visits 2-3 times a week. This allows you to start feeling and functioning normally again.
During the next phase of care, corrective care, deeper healing can continue. In this phase, you'll usually be seen in the office four to eight times monthly for around 6-24 months. By the time this care phase is complete, you'll be fully healed and back to your pre-injury state.
In the final phase of treatment, wellness care, you'll still see Dr. Knop for periodic adjustments. Typically, this means visits one to four times monthly. Wellness care is designed to help you maintain optimal health for the long term.
Most insurance plans are accepted at our office. Listed on this page are some of insurance companies we accept. If you do not see your insurance provider listed, or are unsure of your coverage, do not hesitate to call us. Our staff will verify and explain your benefits before treatment, at no charge.
"I came to Dr. Knop in mid May 2004 and after a few visits had very good results. Pain was decreased significantly and mobility of my neck and shoulders has improved."
"I have been seeing Dr. Knop now for about 6 or 7 weeks. I am back to my old self. Your staff also deserves a big thumbs up for being so kind and friendly and efficient."
"You have worked on me several times, and I can't believe the difference you have made in my pain. I have and will recommend you to family and friends."
"I have suffered with head, neck and shoulder problems for several years. I feel like a new person. Thank you Dr. Knop for making such a difference."
"Dr. Knop's treatment of stretching, adjustments and therapies has given me great relief. I have a lot more mobility and no longer suffer from severe stiffness and pain."
"I just wanted to take this time to thank you, and let you know how much you have helped me. You actually sat down and explained everything to me."
"After a few short visits I was able to walk again with no pain. I am now looking forward to the return of the quality of life that comes with activity and exercise."
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