Prolotherapy for Whiplash
If you are in a car accident and you stretch your ligaments, there will be pain, and certain neurological deficits such as numbness may follow. Whiplash injuries are a condition of ligament damage to the neck in which the neck has been pulled back fast and jerked forward. There is a good portion of the population that will experience persistent pain associated with whiplash injuries, and these injuries cause ligament damage for which prolotherapy is ideal in treatment of the site of the damage and elimination of pain. Our office specializes in prolotherapy treatment because we find that it allows victims of car accidents to fully and speedily recover from their injuries. We know that prolotherapy, despite its long history, may appear unfamiliar to many Buffalonians, and below are three of the most frequently asked questions from our patients about the benefits of prolotherapy.
How Do Ligaments Factor into Car Accident-Related Injuries?
The ligaments are perhaps the most affected areas in car accident injuries. The ligaments are the rubber band-like straps that attach bone to bone, and they are particularly vulnerable in the spine. In car accidents, when the head is thrown forward and backward, these ligaments are stretched and can abruptly snap back, just as a rubber band overstretches. This puts the spine in an irregular, uncomfortable position, which causes much of the pain in the resulting injury. These areas need to be strengthened, and that is where prolotherapy has its value.
How Is Prolotherapy More Beneficial Than Physical Therapy for Whiplash?
Prolotherapy is especially helpful for people who have suffered whiplash, which is the most commonly sustained injury in motor vehicle collisions by virtue of the fact that the head is thrown forward, then backward, and then forward again. This causes terrible damage to the ligaments, and prolotherapy is therefore the optimal therapy to heal these affected areas. Physical therapy can be far less effective in treating these injuries because the wounds are not in the muscle but rather the ligaments. Neck injuries can also extend into the shoulder area as well as down the back. Rather than treating the entire area where pain is felt, we attack the problem at its source, treating the ligaments of the spine and providing automatic relief.
How Does Prolotherapy Work to Treat Neck and Spine Injuries?
Prolotherapy works by addressing the source of the pain most closely associated with whiplash injuries, the ligaments and tendons. A solution is injected directly to the damaged tissue, which causes a mild irritation that makes your body naturally react defensively. The additional attention brought to the area with the solution injection causes your own white blood cells to collect and aid in the repair process. Prolotherapy is a safe and natural treatment method for whiplash injuries that helps soothe the chronic pain associated with severe cases of whiplash and many other muscle, tendon, ligament, and joint injuries.
If you or a loved one is suffering from cervical spine pain, relief is only a call away. Contact our team of spine injury specialists today to see how we can help relieve your pain. Our years of experience in the emerging discipline of prolotherapy treatments have allowed us to guide many patients to full recovery from car accident-related injuries and complications.