We meet many patients in Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach with neck and spinal problems stemming from a car accident they had years ago.
Whiplash is a very common neck injury after an auto accident and will generally cause swelling, inflammation, and acute-severe neck pain. With a whiplash injury for example, a neck experiences very rapid change and is extended forward suddenly and usually done while flexed putting great strain on the vertebrae. Physical Therapy when treated properly can greatly speed up recovery.
Most people expect to be sore following a collision. They feel this “normal” soreness will subside in a couple of days. After a few months or years, many people look back and realize they have never felt the same since their accident. Whether it is lingering headaches, neck pain, numbness in the arms, or reduced range of motion, they finally get around to seeing a health care provider months to years after the accident. By that point, their injuries are much more difficult to treat.