Whiplash Injury Treatment in Bel Air, Maryland

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is injury to the neck, characterized by a collection of symptoms that occur following trauma to the neck. In whiplash, the inter-vertebral joints, discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots may become damaged. This is usually found following a car accident but can also be found following a concussion or a trip to an amusement park.

What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

Whiplash symptoms may not surface right away. Sometimes the pain is immediate, and sometimes it may take up to 6 months – 2 years to surface. People who experience whiplash may develop one or more of the following symptoms, usually within the first few days after the injury.

  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Low back pain
  • Pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears or blurred vision
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue
  • TMJ pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Stomach pain
  • Post-traumatic stress

Why Seek Treatment For Whiplash?

As with other injuries and disorders, the earlier you treat the injury, the better the outcome. One of the many bad things about whiplash is that it not only causes immediate damage, it sets in motion accelerated, chronic and progressive degeneration (pre-mature arthritis) that will follow you and worsen you for the rest of your life if not fixed. This is true not only of whiplash, but all other car accidents as well.

 

How Is Whiplash Treated?

Whiplash has 2 main issues that need to be addressed.  First being damage to joints of the vertebrae in the neck.  Gentle chiropractic adjustments to the neck correct the alignment of and damage to the spine.  Allowing the spine and all the nerves to function properly.  Second, the muscles and other soft tissues need to be healed.  In whiplash, the muscles, tendons and ligaments are over stretched and injured. Physical Therapy helps heal this damage.

Physical therapy modalities such as electrical stim, manual therapy, and mechanical traction are used to control pain.  Physical therapy exercises will then be used to strengthen the muscles.

Here in Bel Air, MD, many patients have found relief utilizing chiropractic care and physical therapy to repair the damage caused by auto accidents. Our doctors will design a customized treatment plan to suit your specific injuries.

Think you may have a whiplash injury? 

Contact Susquehanna Spine & Rehab today to set up an appointment for a chiropractic evaluation.

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What Causes Whiplash?

Whiplash is caused by an abrupt jerking motion of the head, either backward or forward, and often occurs as a result of a car accident.

Every day, thousands are injured in auto accidents that they seem to “walk away from” with little to no visible vehicle damage. They erroneously assume that since the car is barley damaged, then they aren’t injured either. But that’s just not true. In a German study of injury producing rear-impact collisions, nearly half were less than 6 mph. A recent study in New York produced similar results.

A rear-end accident is not the only way to get hurt, it’s just the most common and damaging, especially at low speeds. This is true because your body is held by your seat, creating inertia that turns your head and neck into a bobble head toy when impacted from the rear.

So what happens when you’re in an auto accident? A lot of it has to do with the laws of physics. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transferred from one system to the next; and energy follows the path of least resistance. The path of least resistance is you — and in a rear end collision, the neck is the weakest link.

In an accident, a 4,000 pound car going 5 miles per hour is generating a lot of energy (4,000 lbs. x 5 mph). This enormous amount of energy is following along the easiest path… you. In whiplash, it causes your spine to hyperextend vertically, then horizontally, and then hyperflex; ripping, tearing, squishing and smashing tissues along the way; all in under a second or two. Other accident dynamics (T-bone, head-on, side-swipe, etc) follow different but predictable and definitely damaging patterns.

I haven’t had a car accident could I still have whiplash?  

Yes any back and forth jerking motions can cause whiplash.  An injury to the head that would cause a concussion may also cause whiplash.  Amusement parks are great places to get whiplash especially in teens and pre- teens that are just barely big enough to ride the larger rides.

Testimonials

I have been having severe pain since 2014. I’ve had a full battery of x-rays/MRI done to diagnose my condition [as] severe arthritis. After I was prescribed an injection that I was told would take care of everything, the pain was back, worse than before. Dr. Lee reviewed my x-rays and MRI and set up a treatment plan... After the 1st visit my pain has decreased. I can already feel a big difference.

E.M., 68

Before coming to Dr. Lee, my ankle pain would wake me up during the night because of its severity. Dr. Lee has helped alleviate the pain in my ankle. By performing specific exercises twice per week, the pain is non-existent!

Nick, 33

I have been a patient of Dr.Lee's for about 10 months now. As a 22 year old, I have been suffering from back pain since I was about 13 years old. The pain increased a few years ago and despite physical therapy performed at other facilities, and pain medications from the doctor I was unable to control the level of discomfort. I found Dr. Lee and have been extremely happy with my results.

Dennet L.

I came to Dr. Lee with several aches and pains. I was nervous about receiving chiropractic treatment but Dr. Lee eased my concerns by thoroughly making sure that I was a safe candidate for adjustments... After regular adjustments and Physical Therapy, my knee pain is gone, my elbow pain is gone, my ankle and wrist are improving AND I’m reducing the migraines I used to get too!

Amy, 31

I began seeing Dr. Lee after noticing severe tenderness and pain in my left hip region... I was lucky to find Dr. Lee when I did, not only did he help me discover that the pain in my hip was actually related to a mass growing uncontrollably but he also gave me the comfort I’d been searching for with chiropractic. I’d recommend Dr. Lee to anyone who wants to be pain-free!

Pam, 19

I have had lower back problems for about 35 years. As I aged, they were getting worse. I also noticed I was over weight. I came to Susquehanna Spine & Rehab because Dr. Lee could address both issues as part of a unified plan. The diet regimen, chiropractic, and personalized exercises worked!

Tony, 63

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had pain in my neck and shoulders... Now that I’m an adult, my pain continues, but Dr. Lee is helping me a lot. I have an appointment twice a week, and I can definitely tell a difference. I use pain management along with the tens unit and physical therapy. All three of these services are working great and I’m definitely feeling better.

Andrea, 28

I have had back problems for years. I have been to other chiropractors I have even gone to medical doctors no one has been able to make it feel any better. Then I found Dr. Lee I have finally found relief. I am feeling so much better after starting care at Susquehanna Spine & Rehab.

S. age 60

I began seeing Dr. Lee because of a shooting pain I developed in my left heel... After a brief examination, Dr. Lee explained to me that my pain was being caused by Plantar Fasciitis... Shortly after Dr. Lee began treating my heel, I noticed that I was experiencing less and less discomfort. In a few short weeks, I was able to continue my exercise routine and enjoy my daily activities pain-free!

Randy, 25

When I came to Susquehanna Spine & Rehab I was very skeptical. After only 2 weeks at Susquehanna Spine and Rehab the severe pain in my neck, shoulder and arm had greatly improved … NO MORE PAIN! I can now sleep through the night without waking up in pain! THANK YOU SUSQUEHANNA SPINE & REHAB!!!

TM age 63

My daughter started falling up the stairs at school and having severe knee pain for no apparent reason... Dr. Lee did a thorough exam and walked us through his entire treatment plan. Every appointment was made at a time convenient to my schedule. Heather has made wonderful progress and is now pain-free. Dr. Lee was always available for questions and kept me well informed of her progress.

Heather, 13

I have been to too many chiropractors to count in five different states and this is the best chiropractor I have been to so far.

Abingdon MD