While whiplash is most often associated with car accidents, there are numerous ways people can experience whiplash, such as sports injuries, falls, or physical abuse. Whiplash is an incredibly discouraging injury to experience, as it often serves as a reminder of a traumatic experience. At Hoboken Integrated Healthcare, we are sympathetic to your situation with whatever way you suffered whiplash and want to help you reach a complete recovery so that you can move on. We have chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and functional medicine doctors who can help you find relief!
What is the best treatment for whiplash?
While whiplash might call for specialized treatments such as facet joint injections or radiofrequency ablation, such procedures will almost always be accompanied by physical therapy or chiropractic care. In the best-case scenario, whiplash can be treated without the intervention of specialized services and can be successfully healed through physical therapy. Physical therapy for whiplash includes both a passive and an active component. The passive component focuses on reducing pain to a manageable level and is termed passive because it involves therapy that is done to the patient, as opposed to the active part in which the patient herself will perform the exercises. The active component of physical therapy involves exercises that aim to strengthen and restore functional mobility to the prior level.
During the passive component of physical therapy for whiplash, your physical therapist will use some combination of heat or ice packs, massage therapy, ultrasound therapy, electrical stimulation, acupuncture, and other techniques to relieve your pain. When you can do so, the active portion of physical therapy will include range-of-motion exercises, strengthening exercises, stretching, posture correction, and other rehabilitative techniques to help restore your functional mobility. Your physical therapist might also recommend some prescription medication and fit you for a neck brace to prevent any harmful movements to the neck.
How long does it take to recover from whiplash?
The recovery time for whiplash generally varies according to the severity of your injury. As such, it can take anywhere from several days to several weeks to recover from whiplash. That said, it is rare that anyone should have long-term complications from whiplash if they receive timely and adequate care. Typically, it is those who forgo treatment for whiplash that experience complications down the road. As such, it is crucial to seek treatment as soon as you possibly can after experiencing whiplash to ensure a quick recovery time. Physical therapy for whiplash usually lasts at least two weeks.
Is it OK to massage whiplash?
While massage has excellent therapeutic benefits for whiplash, it must be done carefully and correctly so that symptoms do not worsen. Thus, it is crucial to receive massage therapy from a skilled practitioner experienced and trained in massaging whiplash victims if you are doing so for the treatment of whiplash. Massage for whiplash is often most effective when the patient focuses on their breath to relax their muscles and calm their nervous system. Our massage therapists at Hoboken Integrated Healthcare are very cautious and adept when it comes to massaging clients who have experienced whiplash.
If you are looking for a health clinic specializing in whiplash treatment, we encourage you to come and check out our state-of-the-art clinic at Hoboken Integrated Healthcare! To schedule an appointment with us or to learn more about our whiplash treatment services, please call us at (201) 425-6026. You can also schedule an appointment with us through our website! Our clinic is conveniently located at 90 Hudson Street in Hoboken, New Jersey, and we are open from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.