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Think You Have Whiplash? Read On.

June 20, 2019

Whiplash is an injury to the neck region caused by a sudden forward and backward force of the head and neck. Most often, this is from a motor vehicle accident.

Cause of whiplash

Most of the time, whiplash is caused by a motor vehicle accident where someone is rear ended. This force pushes the car seat the person’s torso forward which causes a relative backward motion of the head. Following this, the head and neck are forced forward. This forced, unexpected motion can lead to stress/strain to the soft tissues surrounding the neck region.

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Think You Have Whiplash? Read On.

June 20, 2019

Whiplash is an injury to the neck region caused by a sudden forward and backward force of the head and neck. Most often, this is from a motor vehicle accident.

Cause of whiplash

Most of the time, whiplash is caused by a motor vehicle accident where someone is rear ended. This force pushes the car seat the person’s torso forward which causes a relative backward motion of the head. Following this, the head and neck are forced forward. This forced, unexpected motion can lead to stress/strain to the soft tissues surrounding the neck region.

How long does whiplash pain last?

Whiplash pain can last from a couple days to several years depending on the severity of the injury and also the condition of the individual prior to the injury.

Symptoms of whiplash

There are a variety of whiplash symptoms. Some symptoms that might be experienced include: neck pain, arm pain, shoulder pain, back pain, headaches, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, or numbness or tingling into the arm/hand.

What to do if you think you have whiplash

Go to your doctor or Physical Therapist. An x-ray might be recommended to rule out a more severe injury such as a fracture. Sometimes, other diagnostic tests may be recommended to rule out other issues such as a tear, disc herniation, etc. Often, after a motor vehicle accident, the individual is taken directly to the hospital where the above tests are performed immediately.

Treatment for whiplash

Physical Therapy is often recommended for whiplash. The physical therapist has the skills and knowledge to effectively diagnose and treat whiplash. Physical Therapists can expedite the healing process and provide for the best possible outcome by addressing the problems and building up strength and flexibility, which, in turn, can prevent/minimize the chance of future injury.

How Physical Therapists treat whiplash

The physical therapist’s goal is to get the patient back to their prior level of function. Often, patients finish their physical therapy course of treatments feeling better than they did prior to the whiplash injury.

After completing a full, comprehensive evaluation, treatment for whiplash has a four step process.

1. Patient education - teaching the patient body positions to avoid which can impede healing. Also, will teach good body positions to utilize while active during the day, when at work, or when lying in bed. This will allow for optimal healing by minimizing irritation and providing an adequate healing environment.
2. Manual therapy - manual therapy is physical therapist’s use of their hands to address flexibility and joint mobility. This is done by stretching muscles and fascia and by mobilizing joints of the neck and mid back. There are many different manual therapy techniques, including use of dry needling, that can be utilized and significantly improve the patient’s pain and improve function.
3. Exercise - exercises will emphasize the upper body to improve strength and stamina. This can improve function and reduce pain by providing adequate support to the upper body specifically around the shoulder blades and neck.
4. Modalities - various modalities such as electric stimulation or ultrasound can help in the reduction of inflammation, reduction of pain, and increase of blood flow to promote the healing process.

Contact ReThrive if you have any questions and/or need treatment for whiplash. It’s never too early to consult with a PT.

The goal of physical therapy is to help you recover from an acute or chronic injury, improve your overall wellness, and reach your physical therapy goals while optimizing your outcome.

Mobile physical therapy involves a licensed doctor of physical therapy providing physical therapy treatment and rehabilitation services in the comfort of your own home or wherever you may need it.

The advantages of mobile physical therapy include individualized evaluation and treatment, direct access to a licensed specialist, the ability to enable recovery and deliver rehabilitation services in the comfort of your own home, and the convenience of not having to travel to an outpatient or traditional clinic.

Each person's situation is unique, so consult with a healthcare professional to discuss individual needs and determine whether mobile physical therapy is appropriate.

es, mobile physical therapists can work with seniors on a range of conditions, including arthritis, Parkinson's disease, recovery from injuries, or surgeries like hip and knee replacements.

Mobile physical therapy sessions generally include an initial assessment, creation of personalized treatment plans, and implementation of targeted exercises and interventions. These at-home sessions can also involve guidance on mobility aids and adaptive strategies.

e are not contracted with any insurance companies, including Medicare.

An insurance-accepting physical therapy clinic typically schedules at least two to four patients per hour. A majority of the time is spent on passive modalities while patients are guided through exercises by trained assistants.

ReThrive provides one-on-one care without the constraints of health insurance. As a result, we can maximize our time with the patient, without being restricted to focusing on one body part alone. With a full hour of one-on-one time, improvements can be made more quickly.

In comparison to standard private practice clinical treatment sessions, this allows for a more intensive treatment session. Recovery is often quicker as a result.

Upon request, ReThrive can provide you with a receipt that includes billing and diagnosis codes that you can submit to your insurance company for out-of-network reimbursement. ReThrive does not process your reimbursement claim.

Each carrier's reimbursement amount will vary. To find out how much your insurance pays for out-of-network Physical Therapy, contact your insurance provider.

We provide mobile physical therapy services in Scottsdale and the surrounding areas.

You can call our office directly to make an appointment.

We offer a range of physical therapy treatments, including manual therapy, dry needling, joint mobilization, balance training, posture correction, rotator cuff rehabilitation, body mechanics training, and other wellness services to help you recover, deliver and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

Concierge physical therapy is a personalized approach to physical therapy treatment that focuses on individualized care, goal setting, and a one-on-one relationship with your licensed doctor of physical therapy.

Mobile physical therapy is a direct access service that does not require referral from a specialist or physician, while home health services require a referral and certification for reimbursement. Mobile physical therapy also focuses on rehabilitation and recovery, while home health services may include a wider range of medical services.

A licensed doctor of physical therapy can evaluate your post-surgical needs, develop an individualized rehabilitation plan, and provide manual therapy and other physical therapy treatments to help you recover faster and more effectively.

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