Whiplash Specialist

Renova Medical Center -  - Integrated Medical Center

Renova Medical Center

Integrated Medical Center located in Columbia, MO

Consider this: The average human head weighs 10-12 pounds. When your head is thrown forward and backward in an accident, your neck takes the brunt of the force, often leading to mild to severe pain. At Renova Medical Center, in Springfield, Missouri we specialize in whiplash injuries . If you’re suffering from nagging neck pain resulting from an accident, call or book an appointment online.

Whiplash Q & A

What causes whiplash?

The most common cause of whiplash is a car accident; often a rear-end collision. To better understand what happens to your body, it’s helpful to take a look at the sequence of events:

  • When your car gets hit from behind, the seat pushes up against your back, and your neck is pushed up
  • While your body is propelled forward, your head slams back into the car seat
  • After hitting the seat, your head accelerates forward

As if these stresses weren’t enough, whiplash is often exacerbated by seat belts, which are crucial in protecting your body, but they don’t restrain your head.

While an accident takes mere seconds, whiplash can play out for months, and even years, afterward.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Whiplash is tricky because symptoms may be immediate, or start months later. The most common symptoms are:

  • Neck pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Headache
  • Cervical instability
  • Tingling or numbness that radiates down through your arms
  • Back and shoulder pain

If you have severe whiplash, you may also experience symptoms that include dizziness, vision problems, or moodiness.

How is whiplash treated?

We have over eight years of experience treating car accident patients and performs specific tests to determine the extent of your whiplash. Once he has fully assessed your injury, Dr. Rose’s primary goal is to help you find relief from your symptoms. To do this, he turns to several effective treatments, including:

  • Cervical adjustments to correct misalignments in your neck and to promote healing
  • Corrective exercises
  • Hot and cold therapies to address inflammation

Whiplash injuries take time to heal, but through chiropractic techniques that work with your body’s natural resources, we can treat your symptoms and encourage healing, getting you back to good health as quickly as possible.

If you suspect you have whiplash, early intervention can make all the difference. Call Renova Medical Center to get started, or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.