The Importance of Early and Effective Treatment after a Whiplash Injury
If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident of any kind, from a minor fender bender to a head-on collision, it’s likely that you’ve suffered some level of whiplash injury. Whiplash occurs when the impact with another vehicle suddenly causes your head to move in a different direction. In most instances, your head will snap violently toward the point of impact, then back in the other direction, hyperextending your neck as your skull bounces back and forth.
Far too often, when people suffer a whiplash injury—particularly when the injury seems minor or inconsequential—they fail to understand the impact that even a slight whiplash injury can have on their daily lives. Though it can take a few hours or even a few days for the symptoms to fully appear, when they do, they can virtually bring your life to a standstill. The first indications will typically be inflammation in the neck and shoulders, which in turn causes stiffness and tension. That stiffness and tension can make it difficult to turn or even move your head, and can cause you to engage in compensating behaviors, which can then lead to other conditions.
Taking Early Steps to Minimize the Impact of a Whiplash Injury
As with most things, the earlier you seek attention to your injuries, the more options you’ll have for an accelerated recovery and a minimization of discomfort. Chiropractic treatment can help realign your neck and spinal cord, reducing the inflammation stemming for any displacement. A comprehensive program may also include physical therapy, massage and gentle exercise to rebuild strength and reestablish flexibility and range of motion.
Committed to Returning You to Maximum Wellness
At Accident Centers of Texas, we will use all our skill and resources to help you get back to full health after an injury or illness. We work closely with patients at eight convenient locations in Texas, from Dallas and Fort Worth to Pleasant Grove, Oak Cliff, Arlington, Irving, Garland and Frisco. In most instances, we’ll be able to see you the same day you call. We offer treatment by a nurse practitioner and/or a chiropractor, depending on the nature and severity of your injury.
Appointments are available Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. If you cannot drive or don’t have transportation, we will arrange to pick you up and get you back home. To set up a visit, call us at (214) 974-4041 or contact us online.