Physical therapy for acute whiplash in Gilbert, Arizona

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Gilbert, Arizona, Our physical therapists are experts in helping patients recover from acute whiplash. Using proven techniques, and treatment programs designed to each patient’s needs, our licensed PTs can can help to reduce pain and improve mobility in the neck.

Best of all, with Luna, patients can get treatment for acute whiplash right at home. It’s physical therapy, delivered.

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What is acute whiplash?

The most common injury associated with motor vehicle accidents, acute whiplash injuries occur as a result of sudden and excessive hyperextension or rotation of the neck, which can indirectly injure the cervical spine. Patients with whiplash-associated disorders typically experience neck pain and stiffness, though some may also experience depression, anxiety, headaches, numbness, dizziness, or other symptoms.

Whiplash injuries vary widely in their severity, and they are classified on a five-grade scale. The majority of patients recover within 3 months, but patients with grade II, III, or IV tend to take a longer time to recover and need more treatment than patients with grade 0 or I whiplash. In cases that don’t require surgery, painkillers and physical therapy are front-line treatments.

Source: Oxford

Acute whiplash symptoms

After the initial trauma, symptoms of whiplash may take 24 hours or more to appear, though they should all develop within the first few days after the injury. The most common symptoms of whiplash-associated disorders include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, shoulder or shoulder blade pain, numbness, dizziness, memory problems, or changing mood.

Less commonly, patients experience blurred vision, ringing in the ears, difficulty sleeping and focusing, and severe irritability. These symptoms are more likely to be present in grade III or IV cases of acute whiplash.

The most common symptoms of acute whiplash include:

  • Neck pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Tingling or numbness in the neck, shoulders, or arms

Source: WebMD

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What causes acute whiplash?

Whiplash is most commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents, though whiplash injuries can also be sustained in other ways. Any event that results in the head suddenly and forcefully jerking forwards, backwards, or sideways can result in whiplash and its associated symptoms, as this motion can overstretch and sprain the ligaments and tendons in the neck.

Patients can also experience whiplash due to a bicycle or horse riding accident, an amusement park ride, a blow to the head, a sports collision, or physical abuse. Women are at higher risk than men, as their necks are usually thinner and their neck muscles are typically not as strong.

The most common causes of acute whiplash include:

  • Car accidents
  • Bike accidents
  • Blows to the head
  • Contact sports
Source: Medical News Today

Physical therapy for acute whiplash in Gilbert, Arizona

Physical therapy is a leading treatment for acute whiplash, especially in combination with bracing and medication. A physical therapist can work with patients to restore proper function and movement to the soft tissues that are damaged during a whiplash-inducing trauma.

Physical therapy for whiplash includes both passive and active treatments. Passive whiplash treatments include deep tissue massage, hot and cold therapies, and ultrasound. All of these treatments can help to reduce pain, increase circulation, and decrease inflammation associated with whiplash. Active whiplash treatment includes range-of-motion exercises and postural training.

Source: Spine Universe
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Frequently asked questions

Where are Luna therapists seeing patients?

Across the Gilbert area, our therapists are at your service for in-home physical therapy sessions. In every neighborhood we operate in, we strive to deliver physical therapy at your doorstep, ensuring the utmost convenience for your PT experience.

Is physical therapy covered by insurance?

Luna collaborates with a multitude of insurance plans, streamlining the benefits verification process for your convenience. Opting for Luna ensures your co-pay will always match the exact amount specified in your insurance plan for a PT clinic visit. We accept all major insurances and Medicare.

Is there a waiting list for new patients?

Absolutely not—we're committed to simplifying the process for patients to start their physical therapy. New patients are always welcome, and in most cases, the initial at-home physical therapy session can be scheduled within just 48 hours of signing up. Our therapists are available from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm, seven days a week, ensuring convenience for our patients. Check Availability.

Who are Luna’s physical therapists?

Luna's therapists boast extensive experience, with a minimum of 3 years in practice, often with even more years under their belt. Every therapist undergoes a comprehensive interview and background check. We select therapists who are deeply committed to providing superior care to their patients.

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