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Auto Accidents

White Sands Integrative Medical

Chiropractor & Integrative Medicine & Acupuncture located in Fort Walton Beach, FL

The highly skilled team at White Sands Integrative Medical helps patients in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, who suffer from injuries that result from auto accidents. The team provides careful assessments and the treatment you need during your recovery process. If you’ve experienced an auto accident injury, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Auto Accidents Q & A

What injuries are caused by auto accidents?

Auto accidents put a lot of strain and pressure on the body that can result in a number of injuries. Trauma-related to an auto accident can affect the entire body. While some are more serious than others, pain and swelling are almost always a part of an auto accident-related injury. The most common types of auto injuries include:

  • Whiplash
  • Headache
  • Jaw pain
  • Knee pain
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain

Many people who have been in auto accidents may also experience symptoms such as blurred vision, sleep disturbances, dizziness, irritability, and forgetfulness. It is important to have an assessment from a medical provider following a car accident, even if you are not experiencing symptoms. Sometimes, it can take days or even weeks for symptoms related to automobile accident injuries to be noticeable.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a common injury sustained in an auto accident. It is typically the result of a rear impact while stationary. The impact causes the head to suddenly jerk forward and back, putting a significant strain on the cervical spine and surrounding muscles and tissues. Whiplash is not a life-threatening injury but can result in significant and long-lasting pain and discomfort, especially if left untreated. Symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • TMJ problems
  • Brain injury
  • Dizziness
  • Tenderness and pain in the shoulders and back
  • Stiffness and a reduced range of motion in the neck, shoulders, and upper back

After a proper assessment, White Sands Integrative Medical can compile a plan pain relief treatment plan developed for your individual needs.

How is whiplash treated?

Treatment for any auto accident injury will depend on the unique condition of each individual patient. Mild whiplash injuries that result from auto accidents can heal within six to nine months. The team at White Sands Integrative Medical will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the extent of your injury and the pain you are experiencing. 

Treatment may include chiropractic care, soft tissue rehabilitation through massage therapy, and rehabilitative treatments and exercises at home. In some cases, you may also require medical intervention, which may involve anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, trigger point injections, and, in some cases, epidural spinal injections. It is important to seek care as soon as possible following a car accident as most injuries and related conditions can be managed and treated more easily in the early days before the body compensates for the injury and ends up causing more discomfort in different parts of the body.

To get expert assessment and care after an auto accident, call White Sands Integrative Medical today or book an appointment online.