Auto injuries and whiplash are among the most common reasons some people suffer with chronic pain today. Fortunately, that pain doesn't have to be long lasting if you seek treatment. Dr. William Knop and the team at Beneficial Health Medical Center in Hartville, Ohio, offer solutions for auto injuries such as chiropractic care, massage therapy, and trigger point injections. You don't have to live with the pain any longer. Schedule your appointment by using their easy online tool, or call Beneficial Health Medical Center today.
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.