At BodyPro Chiropractic & Sports Medicine in Los Angeles, Dr. Arash Noor provides chiropractic services that can help prevent and rehabilitate acute injuries, such as whiplash, and prevent them from becoming a source of chronic pain.
Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when your head is rapidly and forcefully thrown forward and backward, causing a violent back-and-forth movement of the neck. If you could see inside your neck as it was happening, your spine would look something like a cracking whip. Although whiplash is most often the result of a rear-end collision, it can also happen during contact sports, physical assault, or a traumatic fall. The injury itself may include damage to the bones in your spine, the discs between the bones, and the ligaments, muscles, nerves, and surrounding tissues in your neck.
Whiplash is often easily diagnosed because it follows an accident or specific incident. Due to the sudden and traumatic nature of this kind of neck injury, symptoms are quick to appear and usually develop within 24 hours. Common symptoms are:
Less common symptoms include:
Dr. Noor is highly skilled at treating whiplash, using a combination of chiropractic care and physical therapy exercises. Stretching exercises that are designed to increase neck mobility might include:
As you recover, Dr. Noor may introduce more exercises to further increase your range of motion, strengthen your muscles, help you regain normal movement, and improve your posture to help prevent future neck problems. Although most people with whiplash recover fully within a few months, a prompt and accurate diagnosis is important for successful treatment. If you suspect you have a whiplash injury, make an appointment with Dr. Noor today.
Rehabilitation is a process that supports and enables recovery from injury, illness, or disability. The overriding goal of this process is to help patients regain movement and functionality, either through complete recovery or adjustment to a new physical reality. Dr. Noor takes a whole-person approach to rehabilitation, using the principles of physiotherapy to treat his patients’ symptoms, help prevent problems, and improve overall well-being.
At its core, physiotherapy empowers patients to become involved in the healing process through awareness, education, and active participation in their own care. The science-based treatment method views each patient as a whole person, taking their general lifestyle into account, as well as the desired outcome. Rehabilitation through physiotherapy includes movement and exercise, manual therapy such as chiropractic treatment, education, and advice. This type of approach fosters improved mobility for a greater quality of life during recovery, as well as a speedier recovery overall.
Movement is essential to injury recovery. That’s why rehabilitation therapy introduces movement and exercise early on in the healing process. Inflammation can neurologically inhibit muscles from firing, creating imbalances and instability surrounding the injury. Movement decreases inflammation and restores range of motion, which helps retrain muscular firing patterns and restore muscular strength. This is essential for full recovery and future injury prevention.
Rehabilitative exercises don’t have to be overly complicated or take a lot of time out of your day. The key to success is doing targeted, simple exercises designed to reestablish strength and function after an injury, followed by functional exercises or sport-specific exercises designed to get you back on your feet — or on the field — and prevent re-injury.
After assessing the nature and extent of your injury or problem, Dr. Noor will work with you to set goals based on what’s most important to you. Throughout the rehabilitation process, you’ll work together to evaluate your progress and make any necessary adjustments to support continued advancement in mobility, strength, stamina, and independence.