Whiplash Treatment Options Fort Lauderdale




Have you experienced a car accident or a whiplash in Fort Lauderdale?  If there is a sudden acceleration or stop by force, the neck can experience whiplash. Whiplash is common after a car accident because the muscles don’t have enough time to prepare for the impact. Dr. Charles M. Palminteri, DC in Fort Lauderdale can treat your whiplash injuries.


Whiplash injuries can be very serious and need to be properly treated. Because the symptoms can remain unnoticed for a long time, it is always best to be checked out as soon as possible. If ignored, you can experience radiating pain throughout your shoulders, down into your arms, elbows, wrists, and hands or even down into your mid back and low back. It is also common for people to experience illness, headaches, and even pain in the jaw.

Side Effects When Whiplash is Left Untreated

Any injury from a car accident should be treated immediately. Whiplash is no different. Like most other injuries, serious side effects can occur when left untreated:

  • Stiffness and loss of motion. Untreated whiplash can eventually lead to degenerative disc disease and vertebrae misalignment. It all starts out with chronic neck pain and stiffness, Degenerative disc disease causes the discs between vertebrae to deteriorate. This leads to pain, weakness, and numbness because the vertebrae can pinch nerves. When a vertebra slips out of place it causes problems moving the neck and limited communication between the brain and the nervous system.
  • Sleeping difficulties. Pain in the neck makes it hard and uncomfortable to fall asleep and stay asleep. Restless sleep then leads to even more neck stiffness the following day.
  • Depression and anxiety. The constant pain can affect your mental health. The constant pain holding you back in your day to day life can cause depression and anxiety and can affect your entire life.
  • Dizziness and vertigo. Tension in the neck can impede communication in the brain. This can cause dizzy spells and vertigo. Vertigo can cause falls and nausea because it makes you feel as though you are falling or spinning while standing still.
  • Ringing in the ears. One of the first signs for whiplash is tinnitus This is commonly known as ringing or buzzing in the ears. If untreated, it can lead to irritability as well as trouble focusing and sleeping.
  • Chronic headaches and migraines. Headaches can flare from the base of the skull, They then radiate to the forehead and back or sides of the head. The pain can reach to your back and shoulders. Migraines can even occur, which make you sensitive to light and could even cause blurred vision.
  • Spinal fracture. Sometimes, a spinal fracture can go unnoticed because the similar symptoms of whiplash mask this more serious injury.

Whiplash can be difficult to diagnose. This is because it can present itself through many symptoms. X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs might not even show any signs of injury right away. Normally it takes your neck upwards of 17 weeks to heal, and symptoms in most people last 6 months or longer. Even with prompt treatment, a quarter of patients fail to return to normal as far as 2 years out from injury. If you’ve waited to go to the doctor, your recovery will take even longer. Instead of waiting until the pain is unbearable, you should go to the doctor as soon as possible to finally start healing.


If cared for properly, a person can recover fully from these injuries within a few months. Whiplash treatment needs professional care because so many different areas of the body can be affected. At Dr. Charles M. Palminteri, DC we are trained to treat all aspects of these injuries and fix the problem rather than mask it with medication.

Chiropractic care is the most effective treatment for healing from the trauma and reducing the chances of developing manifesting problems.

If you or someone you know has been in an automobile accident in Fort Lauderdale then call Dr. Charles M. Palminteri, DC and take the first step to putting it in the past!


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