MLS Lasers for Whiplash Treatment at the Pain Relief Institute
Thousands of people across the country suffer from neck pain to some extent on a regular basis. One of the most common complaints is the injury known as whiplash. “Neck strain is often just called whiplash. Although it’s usually associated with car accidents, any impact or blow that causes your head to jerk forward or backward can cause neck strain. The sudden force stretches and tears the muscles and tendons in your neck. Neck strain afflicts many amateur and professional athletes. People who play contact sports like football are especially prone to neck strain. Neck strains are often confused with neck sprains. They’re a bit different. Neck strains are caused by damage to the muscle or the tendons, bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Neck sprains are caused by tearing of the ligaments, the tissues that connect the bones to each other” (WebMD).
If you are suffering from neck pain you will likely not be concerned with whether it is a sprain or a strain – that is something your health care provider can determine. The causes, symptoms, and treatment of neck sprains and neck strains are usually the same and that means your focus is, and rightfully should be, on finding relief from the pain of your whiplash. In most cases, pain mediation, massage, and other therapies can work but there is a new option that is gaining popularity- MLS laser therapy. Here at the Pain Relief Institute, we specialize in treating a range of whiplash related injuries.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
The pain of whiplash is not something that can be ignored and if you are suffering from whiplash you will know. The symptoms often will include:
- Pain, tightness, and loss of mobility
- Pain when moving head front to back or side to side
- Pain or stiffness trying to look over your shoulders
- Tenderness or bruised feeling in the neck
- Headaches beginning at base of skull that moves through the head
- Numbness in the shoulder and arm
- Swelling, bruising, or stiffness in the neck area
Sometimes, you will know almost instantly that something has happened as the pain of a neck strain is immediate; however, it can take hours or days for the symptoms to appear- especially in cases of an auto accident where adrenaline rushes can mask the symptoms at first. This is why it is important to get medical care as soon as possible after any injury that may have damaged the neck and why treatments like MLS laser therapy are becoming more and more popular for treating a range of pain symptoms and conditions.
When Will My Whiplash Feel Better?
Recovery time for the average whiplash symptoms will largely depend on how serious your whiplash is. Most cases resolve on their own in a few days with minimal care or intervention needed. But other neck strains and severe trauma may take weeks or longer to heal. Whiplash treatment is largely dependant on how bad the injury is to begin with. Keep in mind that every individual is different and everyone heals in a different way and in a different manner. Once the worst of the symptoms are passed you can move on to therapy and strength building exercises. These can help you strengthen your neck so future injuries are not as likely and can also reduce the likelihood of other neck strains and sprains.
Recovery can take time and it is important to not over do it and not push yourself too far too soon. This is especially true for those who play contact sports or who do a lot of lifting in their daily routines. Do not try to return to your previous level of physical activity until you have been cleared by your healthcare provider and you are able to:
- Look over both shoulders without pain or stiffness
- Rock your head in all directions without severe pain or stiffness
- There is no headache when moving your head or lifting items
If you start pushing yourself before your neck strain is healed, you could end up with chronic neck pain and permanent injury. So, go slow and give yourself time to heal! If you feel you are not responding well to traditional treatments, talk to your healthcare provider about MLS laser therapy for whiplash. You can contact us today to learn more but for now here are the basics of this revolutionary treatment option for whiplash injuries here at the Pain Relief Institute:
How Does it Work?
Also known as cold laser therapy, MLS treatments uses energy from a concentrated laser beam of light to provide highly-targeted pain relief. The lasers help to stimulate the production of healthy new cells and speed up internal healing and relieve pain associated with whiplash injuries. After an injury, several components work within the body to heal the damage and these lasers make it easier for the body to do just this. In addition to speeding up the recovery process, laser therapy treatments have been shown to help reduce the amount of scar tissue that forms and also reduced the likelihood of chronic pain or damage at the site of the neck strain.
Is it Safe?
Because it is a type of cold laser therapy, our treatments are safe, effective, and revolutionary in the way they support the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It is a non-surgical and pain free treatment that offers almost instant results and a noticeable reduction in pain and stiffness after the first treatment session. A typical treatment session lasts only 15 to 30 minutes and you are free to return to whatever level of activity your whiplash allows immediately following the treatment. Many of our patients get full results within 2 treatments thought some severe and more involved injuries will require 4-5 treatments for optimal healing to take place. Our team of spinal care experts can help you determine the number and frequency of treatments that are needed to address your unique case and what whiplash treatment is best for your needs.
Find Relief at the Pain Relief Institute
MLS Therapy is a therapeutic technique that is particularly suitable for treating numerous diseases, including some that pose a considerable challenge for the patient and doctor due to their frequency and nature. MLS Therapy is non-invasive, painless and can be applied successfully to patients of any age. Patients with special health concerns or needs- pacemakers, pregnant women, diabetics, cancer patients, those on dialysis, and who have other chronic health concerns- should consult their doctor before treatment. If you would like to learn more about our MLS laser therapy options for whiplash teatment or to schedule an appointment with our team here at the Pain Relief Institute, please call: 847-243-6041.