Over the last 17 years I have treated thousands of cases of whiplash and, in my opinion, MLS therapy is the best initial “front line” treatment when treating a patient who has just been suffered a whiplash.
Whiplash occurs when the head is violently snapped back and forth during a motor vehicle accident or other trauma. Since your neck is the most flexible part of the spine, it is more vulnerable to injury. Some of the areas of the spine which can be injured include:
During an accident the ligaments and muscles of the neck and back are often stretched or strained. This can lead to painful swelling and tenderness in the muscles of the neck and shoulders.
Nerve Injury: As the muscles are stretched, so are the nerves. Nerves can be stretched too far or "pinched." This occurs more often if your head was turned during the impact or your headrest was not positioned properly.
Joint Injury: The key to the movement in your neck is the joints located in each of your cervical vertebrae. They allow the bones to move smoothly over each other. Injury to these joints may cause pain in the area of the affected joint and/or pain in other areas of the body such as the arms and shoulders.
Disc Injury: Discs function as shock absorbers and spacers between the vertebrae. They make space for the sensitive nerves to exit the spinal cord. A whiplash injury can cause these discs to bulge, herniated or rupture, which may lead to painful nerve irritation.
Symptoms of Whiplash
- Neck Pain
- Blurred Vision
- "Pins and needles," Numbness
- Reduced Mobility
Can MLS Laser Therapy Help? MLS laser therapy is a painless, drugless, noninvasive way to help patients recover from these painful and costly injuries. Laser therapy is an effective alternative to other treatments, especially when the patient is in too much pain to tolerate other traditional methods of treatment following a motor vehicle injury.
Many patients will receive significant pain relief after just a few 10-15 minute treatments. After an examination, the doctor will be able to estimate how many treatment sessions will be necessary to resolve your pain and repair the damage done by whiplash.