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Whiplash 101

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At Georgia Spinal Health & Wellness, we treat patients who have experienced whiplash. Generally speaking, whiplash occurs when your head is drastically thrust forward and backward.

Common Causes of Whiplash

Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash. A rear-end collisions suddenly and expectantly thrust you head forward and back. Physical assault, such as being punched or shaken can result in sudden thrusts of the head. Contact sports such as football cause whiplash in athletes who forcefully are jarred from behind.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash

  • Stiffness in your neck or back
  • Painful neck mobility
  • Base of the skull headaches
  • Shoulder pain or tenderness (can even extend into back or arms)
  • Arm numbness or prickling
  • Abnormal tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus (ringing in your ears)
  • Vision blurriness
  • Difficulty sleeping

Steps to Take If You Suspect You May Have Whiplash

  1. Seek a medical diagnosis. Whiplash is not life threatening, but it can cause serious damage if it is not appropriately cared for. Symptoms of whiplash injury can take weeks or even months to manifest, so you may think your accident or injury is ok. If you’ve sustained a car accident, even if you don’t feel immediate pain, seek medical attention.
  2. Notify your insurance carrier as soon as you have a diagnosis.
  3. Document your medical expenses.

Georgia Spinal Health and Wellness will help you recover from your whiplash by correctly adjusting your neck and/or spine so it has the chance to heal properly. We also offer physical therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises to put your back on the road to good health and a pain free life. Book your appointment with our experts today!

Posted on behalf of Georgia Spinal Health & Wellness

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They treated me after two different injuries and I now have full range of motion, am pain-free, and feel like I’m good as new again. I’d highly recommend Dr. Surloff and Dr. Hochman – they’re amazing at what they do and they really care about helping you get better. Plus they’re more than just chiropractic – physical therapy, massage, IDD therapy and more.

David Wright  Atlanta, GA

David Wright

In all my years of going to a Dr. I’ve never had someone with better bed side manners, personable, friendly and genuinely interested in your health care. His staff are the best, clean and punctual.
If you’re looking for a professional that has a heart, then go to Georgia Spinal and “stand up straight” again!.

Jake Starkey  Atlanta, GA

Jake Starkey

I have had IDD, chiropractic, massage and physical therapy with them over the last few years and have nothing but good things to say about this practice. Everyone there is super friendly and you can tell that Dr. Hochman is genuinely concerned for your wellness

Michael Collier  Atlanta, GA

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