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How does whiplash occur?

Whiplash occurs when a force pushes the body forward while the head stays behind it. This results in the head rocking up and back, which has the ability to tear muscles, ligaments, and tendons. When those muscles contract, the head goes forward and results in possible ligament damage, which can seriously affect someone’s health. As a result of these injuries, proper physical therapy is necessary for proper recovery. Luckily, Park Physical Therapy accepts no-fault insurance in Massapequa so that everyone has an opportunity to heal.

 

Whiplash can be sustained in a variety of ways:

  • Car accident
  • Amusement park rides
  • Contact sports
  • Falling off objects

Common symptoms can range from headaches and neck pain to dizziness, muscle spasms and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). However, whatever symptoms you may be experiencing, it’s just as important to take care of the injury as soon as possible as to not make the injury any worse.  Here are some ways that you can treat whiplash:

  • Exercise – it is important to try and move your neck as much as possible while under the guidance of a qualified physical therapist. When pain isn’t a hindrance, moving the neck back and forth to avoid stiffness is a great option.
  • Ice pack – as soon as the injury occurs, applying ice to the injury is to avoid inflammation is most important.
  • Physical Therapy – using massaging techniques and different exercises, therapists would be able to treat the injury directly and manipulate it to fasten the healing process.

While whiplash injuries have a variety of remedies, it’s important to have the resources to be able to recover. A no-fault insurance clinic in Massapequa can be of service so that the only thing you have to worry about is your health.

For more information of whiplash and how you can recover from it, contact Park Physical Therapy today.