Whiplash

Whiplash Specialist
If you’ve been in an auto accident and are suffering from an injury or whiplash, you need to see a chiropractor. Even if you’re not experiencing symptoms, you may have an injury that, if left untreated, could lead to chronic pain or limited mobility. Dr. Robert Hausman at Hausman Chiropractic can diagnose your injuries and provide the least invasive treatment options to restore your mobility and reduce your pain. If you live in Austin, Texas, and have been in an auto accident, call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hausman or book it online now.

Whiplash Q & A

Hausman Chiropractic

What causes whiplash?

Whiplash results when your head is whipped forward and back, extending your neck beyond its normal range of motion. It’s the number one injury related to vehicle accidents and is common in rear-end collisions.

When the neck is stressed this way, your muscles become strained or can even tear, and your spine becomes misaligned. This can lead to pain in your:

  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Upper back

It may also cause headaches and limit your range of motion. In some cases, you may experience symptoms right away, but sometimes they don’t appear for days, weeks, or even months.

How do you know if you have whiplash?

If you’ve been in a car accident, even if it’s a minor rear-ending, and are experiencing neck or shoulder pain, you may have whiplash. You may also develop other conditions related to or caused by whiplash, including:

  • Vision problems
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Insomnia
  • Issues with swallowing, chewing, or speaking

What kinds of treatments help with auto accident injuries?

When you see Dr. Hausman after an auto accident, he performs a full examination to determine the extent of your injuries. He may ask you to bend or twist to test your reflexes and see if there are changes to your range of motion. He checks your spine for any misalignment.

The results of your exam determine what treatments and procedures Dr. Hausman recommends. If your injuries are minor, he may prescribe:

  • At-home exercises and stretches
  • Ice or heat treatment
  • Rest
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like TylenolⓇ or AdvilⓇ
  • Stabilizing collar

With more severe auto accident injuries, Dr. Hausman may recommend:

  • Spinal realignment
  • Spinal decompression
  • Acupuncture
  • Therapeutic massage

How long does it take for whiplash to improve?

If your whiplash is left untreated, it can lead to chronic conditions that take a long time to heal. If you do seek treatment, whiplash typically improves in about three months. Those with certain risk factors may take longer to see improvements, including those who have:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe pain at the time of injury
  • Previous back or neck injuries
  • Bone fractures

If you’ve been in a car accident, you may have sustained an injury, even if you’re not symptomatic. Call to schedule your appointment with board-certified chiropractor Dr. Hausman or book it online today.

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