Recognizing the Signs of Whiplash from a Car Accident

Whiplash Chiropractic CareSigns of Whiplash

Any change in your condition after a car accident should be an indication that you need to visit the chiropractor. Even if you are not necessarily in pain, PhysMED can help you understand what happened, what you might expect, and how to avoid complicating your injury.

Whiplash is one of the most common problems after a crash. It can also be one of the subtler issues — at least a first. Here are some of the signs you should look for.


“Whiplash” is a general term for a broad category of trauma. In addition to this ambiguity, the same exact injury can affect different people in different ways.

That said, there are some common types of pain associated with whiplash. You would probably feel discomfort in any or all of the following regions:

  • Neck
  • Upper and lower back
  • Shoulders and arms
  • Head (as in headaches)

You might experience shooting pain, a dull ache, or a twinge when performing certain movements or activities — these could all indicate whiplash. Please see us for whiplash treatment immediately if you experience any type of discomfort.

Lack of  Range of Movement

Another characteristic symptom of whiplash injuries is a reduction in movement range. You might experience pain that stops you from tilting your head or turning it from side to side. You might also have some arm, or back mobility and flexibility issues.

Part of your treatment at PhysMED will probably include exercises that safely expand your range of motion and accelerate your healing process. Choosing the wrong motions could make your injury worse — please come in and let us help you establish a personalized treatment plan.

Drowsiness or Confusion

Whiplash and related injuries could lower your energy levels or change your routine. This is just a symptom — there are many possible causes.

It is essential to seek immediate professional medical attention if you or your loved ones notice any type of cognitive or behavioral change. This includes drowsiness, inability to sleep, lack of energy, and general confusion — but please be on the lookout for any type of deviation from your normal habits.

Sometimes, low energy levels are simply the result of your body and mind healing from the stress of the accident. Nevertheless, we will analyze your accident and perform tests to eliminate the possibility of underlying injuries.

The Accident Itself

There is no need to wait for symptoms in most cases. Also, Florida law has a 14-day rule to seek medical attention after a car accident. The forces involved in even a low-speed collision are immense. Our bodies are simply not structured to handle that type of abuse.

Whiplash specifically occurs when your head moves forward and snaps back quickly. If that happened during your accident, even if you were at parking-lot speeds, you could have serious injuries.

A Results-Focused Approach

At PhysMED, we focus on healing your underlying injuries and strengthening your ability to heal. We have an excellent record of positive treatment outcomes for whiplash and other accident-related injuries. Please contact us soon at 941-909-3527, and we will set aside a time for your appointment as soon as possible.

Whiplash and Medical Treatment – What you Need to Know

Chiropractic Care for WhiplashAfter an auto accident, you’ll need medical treatment — especially for joint and soft-tissue injuries to your neck. Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasive way to diagnose these types of injuries, manage your pain, and address the underlying problems causing your condition. That is an impressive range of treatment goals to advance through a single form of therapy.

Many patients find chiropractic care manageable and accessible. Please read on for a deeper explanation of some of the functions it serves to treat whiplash.

Treating Injuries

Chiropractic care seeks to treat the causes of your injuries. You might think this goes without saying. Unfortunately, many forms of treatment cannot claim the same.

It is true that some symptom treatments — such as prescription painkillers — may provide temporary relief. At best, these are addictive stopgap measures with dangerous side effects. At worst, the lack of pain as a natural warning sign could lead to complications and further injuries.

At PhysMED, we commit to practices that safely manage whiplash pain and promote true recovery. The adaptability of chiropractic care and its high positive outcome rate makes it a perfect fit for this philosophy.

Building Confidence

Part of your doctor’s role in treating your whiplash after an auto accident will be to help you get over your fear. Fear is a natural reaction to whiplash. Everyone worries that high levels of pain could indicate injuries are getting worse. Everyone worries that certain types of motion — especially those that generate discomfort — could be dangerous.

We help you conquer this fear and doubt so you can move forward with confidence. To make sure your treatment remains safe and positive, we also listen to how you feel every step of the way during your whiplash treatment.

Fostering Understanding

At PhysMED, we recognize it is difficult to recover when you lack a full picture of your medical condition. Our job is to help you understand the complex nature of your whiplash injuries.

In fact, chiropractic care is inherently educational. Nearly every patient learns something about subjects related to recovery; such as anatomy, biokinetics, and lifestyle health. We take the time to teach you not only what you need to do to recover, but also how and why these practices help over the long term.

Charting Progress

One of the things our doctor’s value most as at PhysMED is the opportunity to be a part of real, positive change in our patients’ lives. You will get to see the change as well. An integral part of our treatment is keeping track of and celebrating your progress.

At PhysMED, we consider each case individually and tailor whiplash treatment plans after your auto accident accordingly. Your exercises, stretches, and other therapeutic elements will be completely unique to the type and degree of your injury.

Please make an appointment today, and we will discuss how chiropractic care for whiplash and other options might aid in your recovery. Call us at (941) 921-4884 to get started.