Physical Therapy for Whiplash

Whiplash is characterized by neck strain caused after a jerk forward or backward. This motion causes your neck to extend beyond its usual range of motion and the unexpected force can cause the muscles and tendons in your neck to tear and stretch.

The impact of the incident can create an adverse reaction within the nervous system and the nerve pathways leading to the arms and legs. The sudden end range whipping motion also causes abrupt compressive forces through the spine joints and the spine itself.

Commonly caused by rear-end car accidents, whiplash can also result from sports accidents, physical abuse, and other types of trauma, like a fall. People with whiplash may experience chronic neck pain, headaches, dizziness, loss of range of motion in the neck, and other long-lasting complications.

The Most Common Causes of Whiplash

Typically, whiplash occurs when the head is forcefully and quickly thrown backward or forward. This motion affects bones in the spine, discs between the bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and other neck tissues.

Whiplash injuries can result from:

  • Auto Accidents
  • Cycling Accidents
  • Falls
  • Horseback Riding
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sports Injuries
  • Riding a Roller Coaster

Physical Therapy Treatments for Whiplash

Physical therapy provides treatment options for whiplash and can alleviate symptoms such as neck pain and stiffness, headaches, tingling or numbness, fatigue, dizziness, shoulder pain, or the inability to move the neck.

At Bayside Physical Therapy, we will ask questions to learn more about the cause of your whiplash symptoms. Following the examination, we will develop a customized  treatment plan to reduce the pain and muscle spasms, to treat the inflammation, and to normalize blood circulation in the area for optimal healing.

Treatment strategies for whiplash are highly variable, based on the injury severity and symptoms. You can be confident that your physical therapy will gently address the problem and put you on an effective progression toward normal function of the body.

When Should You Seek Help for Whiplash Pain?

If you experience any of the following whiplash symptoms, contact Bayside Physical Therapy at (727) 441-5044 for an evaluation appointment:

  • Neck Pain and Stiff Neck Range of Motion
  • Headache
  • Inability to Find a Comfortable Position
  • Neck Pain During Normal Daily Tasks
  • Pain, Numbness, or Tingling in Shoulders, Arms, or Legs

Your Road to Recovery Starts with Us

At Bayside Physical Therapy, your health and well-being come first. Schedule an evaluation or appointment at our Clearwater office today and get back on the road to unimpaired living.

We are conveniently located in the same building as Bayside Urgent Care Center in Clearwater, Florida. The clinic is only a short drive from nearby Clearwater Beach, Largo, Belleair, Dunedin, Countryside, Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, and Indian Rocks Beach.

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Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm
Saturday and  Sunday: Closed

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Physical Therapy by Appointment Only
Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm
Saturday and  Sunday: Closed

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