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Whiplash: Are Cervical Collars Effective or Detrimental?

Feb 3, 2022 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

Soft Collar Use For Whiplash Injury


Study after study is clear that the broad application of soft collar administration for whiplash causes more disability and prolongs recovery.  The quicker your chiropractic physician can get you into an intensive healing phase without the use of soft collars or other dependency promoting appliances and into active strengthening the better off you will be in general terms.

Intensive Healing Phase Treatment: 

1. Diowave Class IV Laser treatment promotes quicker and deeper healing of tissue injured by your whiplash injuries such as ligaments, muscles, tendons, discs, and nerves

2. Chiropractic manipulation promotes an increase in range of motion and dynamic healing properties within your ligaments, muscles, tendons, discs, and nerves

Strengthening/Balance/Coordination treatment

This is really critical to get your function back.  Be sure to use a chiropractic physician who has the full capacity and actually uses these procedures based on the current research within their protocols. 

The short story is don't get "hooked" on using soft collars as they will likely hold your recovery back and may indeed complicate your full recovery.  Moving to active strengthening, balance, and coordination treatment is critical to getting your function back.

In my office we follow the above protocols.  The short story is, call as soon as possible to reduce your chance of permanent disability.  If you end up with permanency we can effectively document it objectively in your medical record for posterity reasons.

So, if you have had a car accident in Fort Myers and you have neck pain, dizziness, vertigo, or imbalance and type in pain management near me, whiplash, or even car accident lawyer you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “Do I need an MRI scan of my neck or back”?

Also, if you feel arm or leg pain it may indicate things are getting worse and” may indicate a bulge on the disc or worse yet a herniated disc in your neck and/or back. Shoulder pain is very common with whiplash and could require conservative treatment right away to avoid injections or worse yet, surgery.  A foggy brain may indicate a mild traumatic brain injury.  Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional. 

If you would like to avoid chronic whiplash symptoms in the first place or to take a proactive approach to your health and wellness, our membership program called Club C may be just the thing for you with great cost savings, convenience, and even more importantly, a plan to get your health back and keep it.

Schedule Your Appointment Here 

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 Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at Coast Chiropractic Centers at (239) 278-3344 or stop by on your day off for a walk in the first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or Class IV high-intensity laser treatment and we will submit the bills to your auto carrier for payment.


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