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Whiplash Specialist

Everest Medical Group

Multidisciplinary Medical Center located in Mesa, AZ

The pain and stiffness that develop after whiplash can make you too miserable to get through the day. Getting an early checkup is essential for ensuring optimal recovery from the trauma to your neck. Dr. Ty Ruddell and David Vicena at Everest Medical Group have extensive experience performing diverse chiropractic therapies that can eliminate pain and restore full movement to your neck. If you have neck pain, please call their office in Mesa, Arizona, or book an appointment online.

Whiplash Q & A

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when your neck goes through a rapid back-and-forth movement. The force of a whiplash injury damages the ligaments, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels in your neck. It can also cause damage to your spine.

What causes whiplash?

Auto accidents are the most common cause of whiplash, and whiplash is also the most common injury sustained in an auto accident. It typically results from a rear impact while your car is stationary. The impact makes your head suddenly jerk forward, then back, straining your neck.

If you suffer a whiplash injury due to an automobile accident, it’s essential to get an evaluation from the team at Everest Medical Group right away, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Symptoms may not appear immediately, but getting a checkup gives your doctor the opportunity to discover potential problems and start treatment to prevent the problem from worsening.

You should also get immediate medical attention to verify your overall health following an auto accident. If you wait for symptoms to appear before seeing a doctor, you may not be able to prove that the auto accident caused your injury.

What symptoms develop after a whiplash injury?

Following a whiplash injury, you may experience one or more symptoms, depending on the severity of your injury:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Limited neck movement
  • Shoulder or back pain
  • Increased pain when you move
  • Headaches
  • Tingling or numbness radiating down your arms
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory loss

What types of chiropractic treatments help treat whiplash?

The team at Everest Medical Group provides a variety of therapies that reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, restore strength, and improve your range of motion. Your individualized treatment plan may include one or more of the following options:

  • Exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage
  • Gentle spinal manipulation
  • Manual stretching and traction
  • Functional rehabilitation
  • Cold laser treatment
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

You can also receive ongoing rehabilitation. If that’s needed, your doctor creates a stepwise plan that includes therapies to rebuild strength and functioning in your neck.

Schedule an appointment with your doctor at Everest Medical Group if you experience pain or stiffness in your neck, so they can rule out potentially serious underlying problems and provide the treatment you need.