South Lakeland Medical Injury Center: Love Chiropractic

5227 US Hwy 98 S,  Lakeland, FL 33812

Dr. Stephen Love, Dr. Tiffany Love, Dr. Christopher Terry, Dr. Erika Love, Dr. Huffman and their South Lakeland medical auto accident treatment team have decades of experience treating car accident patients including whiplash treatment, back injury care, soft tissue spine injuries, sciatica, and more. Everything you need to speed your car accident injury recovery is provided under one roof right here in your back yard in Lakeland, Florida.

The friendly and knowledgeable auto injury team are with you every step of the way through your medical and rehab recovery.  Our staff knows the ins and outs of the auto insurance process and works closely with your Lakeland auto injury attorney to ensure your injuries are well documented immediately after your car accident.  With our telemedicine injury portal, you have access to Dr. Huffman 24/7 through a simple text link to your phone.  Our goal is to provide you with immediate medical, and chiropractic auto accident injury treatment so you don’t have to waste your time, risk your health, or deplete your limited insurance funds in a local ER or urgent care center where they typically issue poorly constructed reports and miss many of the important soft tissue injuries that you may have sustained in your Lakeland car accident.  Remember you only have 14 days to report your auto accident in Florida.  With our telemedicine injury portal you can do that within minutes of your Lakeland car accident, from the comfort and safety of your own home on your cell phone by a medical injury physician with over 35 years of experience documenting whiplash and other serious soft tissue car accident injuries.

To ensure you have full access to all the money available to you following your car crash in Lakeland, Dr. Huffman our medical physician, issues an EMC (emergency medical condition) report that notifies the responsible auto insurance that you are in need of the full medical benefits of the insurer to help you diagnose and treat your whiplash and other auto accident injuries.

Our comprehensive healthcare team includes a chiropractic physician, medical physician, chiropractic assistants, and rehab specialist providing caring and individualized pain management and soft tissue injury care for Lakeland area auto injury patients.   We customize your physical rehab and treatment based upon your personal needs to ensure you get exactly what you need to overcome your injuries. We are with you every step of the way to your recovery.  Call us or stop by the office today if you are in need of the best auto accident chiropractor in Lakeland, the best auto accident medical doctor in Lakeland or the best auto accident clinic in the Lakeland area.  You’ll see why some many of your friends, neighbors and family have been utilizing the caring and professional team or injury care physicians at South Lakeland Medical Injury Center: Love Chiropractic for their auto injury treatment.

South Lakeland Medical Injury Center: Love Chiropractic

Dr. Stephen Love

Chiropractic Physician

Dr. Stephen Love was born in Northern Ireland and moved to Lakeland, Florida when he was five-years-old. He is a graduate of Lake Gibson High School, Florida Southern College and Palmer College of Chiropractic. He loves practicing in the Lakeland area, able to serve the community in which he grew up.

Having suffered through two major sports-related injures which resulted in surgeries, he knows how important it is to keep your body working properly, and to try to avoid surgery at all cost. He utilizes the latest in soft tissue technology such as Graston Technique®, Active Release Technique (ART) and spinal/extremity adjustments. He uses evidence-based treatment protocols to ensure that the patient has the quickest, most effective outcome.

In 2012, Dr. Stephen Love opened his own practice, Love Chiropractic Center, with his wife Dr. Tiffany Love, with the commitment to change the look and feel of how chiropractic offices are operated. His goal is to offer an at-home atmosphere, friendly staff, no hassle scheduling. His hope is to have doctors who are easy to interact with and to be able to answer the important questions you have regarding your health.

Dr. Kevin Huffman

Dr. Huffman is an osteopathic physician board-certified in family medicine with over 35 years of experience in the field of auto accident and injury care.  Having treated thousands of injured patients including those suffering from whiplash, sciatica, and soft tissue injuries, Dr. Huffman is an integral part of the South Lakeland Medical Injury Center: Love Chiropractic in Lakeland, Florida.

With our state-of-the-art telemedicine portal, our Lakeland car crash patients have 24/7 access to Dr. Huffman through a simple cell phone text link, helping our patients stay out of crowded and expensive ERs and urgent care centers for things like medications, medical reports, and injury care  referrals. Remember you only have 14 days in the state of Florida to report your Lakeland car accident injuries to the responsible insurer.  Now you can do that from the comfort and safety of your own home on you timeline and the responsible car insurer pays for the telemedicine visit

As a medical physician, Dr. Huffman communicates directly with your Lakeland primary care physician and your Lakeland auto injury attorney about your auto accident and injury status, so they are up to date on you diagnosis and treatment while you complete your full recovery at the Lakeland Medical Injury Center: Love Chiropractic.

Poorly documented medical reports are often the cause of Lakeland Florida auto injury patients failing to secure the maximum medical benefits they deserve.  Once Dr. Huffman issues his EMC statement your PIP funds increase from $2,500 to $10,000.  Start and finish you auto accident injury care in Lakeland with a medical physician with over 35 years of experience in the auto injury medical field, you’ll be glad you did.

Melyssa Stone

Licensed Massage Therapist

Amy Hickman

Licensed Massage Therapist


Office Manager


Insurance and Billing


Insurance and Billing Manager



South Lakeland Medical Injury Center: Love Chiropractic

Our Facility


Located just minutes from your Lakeland area home, our chiropractic, and medical injury team is here to help you recover fully from your Lakeland auto accident.

From the minute you walk into our Lakeland office you’ll notice that our focus is on our patients and ensuring they get everything they need to recover from their whiplash or other car accident injuries. Individual and personal care is delivered by a team dedicated to your car accident recovery.

Love Chiropractic has been a part of the Lakeland community for over 20 years  and is involved in the local community.  Come in for a visit and see why so many of your Lakeland neighbors, friends, and family have used Love Chiropractic when they needed medical and chiropractic care following a Lakeland auto accident.


Our upscale facility was designed for individual and personalize care.  We are not one of those clinics that run patients through our clinic in herds.  You’ll notice the moment you walk through our front door, that you are special and will be well cared for by a team on medical experts in car accident rehab.

Personalized care in an upscale facility in a non-hurried pace by a team of chiropractic-medical doctors focused on your individual injury needs.

If you are looking for the best car accident injury care in Lakeland, you found it here at South Lakeland Medical Injury Care: Love Chiropractic


Our team is highly experienced in diagnosing and treating your injuries. In fact, we have been doing it for many years. Here are a few reasons to choose South Lakeland Medical Injury Center for your Lakeland car accident and whiplash injury medical care.

  • All the treatment you need in one location
  • Highly experienced team of Chiropractic Physicians and Medical Physicians under one roof working together to get you feeling better fast
  • Pain management specialists in house
  • Walk-ins welcome
  • Full medical care beyond chiropractic including conventional medical care, massage therapy, in-house x-rays, decompression and full physiotherapy modalities.


We believe in treating the whole body which is why we take great care in learning about your current health and any medical conditions that currently exist. We then create a customized treatment plan to help you regain good health based on the recommendations of our chiropractic and medical physicians.

Each patient undergoes a thorough examination to see what problems need correction. We take the time to sit down and explain the problem so you understand what is the problem, how to correct, and approximately how long it will take. 

While we specialize in chiropractic care and medical care of injured patients, we find that many of our patients get the best relief from a combined treatment plan that may also include massage therapy, manual therapy, phyisotherapy, medical care, pain management, and the latest in rehab modalities.


It’s important after your Lakeland car accident that all diagnostic tools are utilized to better understand your whiplash and other car accident injuries.  One of these tools is x-rays.  With our in-house x-rays, you no longer have to travel to another facility, wait in a waiting room for hours, just to get an xray after your Lakeland car crash.  More importantly we don’t have to put your treatment on hold waiting for reports which can take several days or even weeks to arrive.

With in-house x-rays we are able to better and most quickly assess your injuries and get you treat sooner to help you recovery quicker from your Lakeland car accident injuries.


Motor vehicle accidents can have a significant impact on an individual’s physical and mental well-being. Even low-speed collisions can cause whiplash, concussions, and other injuries that can lead to chronic pain and disability if not properly treated. That’s where comprehensive team of chiropractic and medical injury physicians comes in. At our Lakeland automobile injury clinic, we offer specialized treatment programs designed to help patients recover from motor vehicle accident injuries and get them back to their pre-accident level of function.

What to expect from motor vehicle accident injury care in Lakeland

Assessment and Diagnosis

Our injury team will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your injuries, including a thorough medical history review, a review of the collision details, a review of imaging studies, such as x-rays or MRI scan, a review of ER notes if available and then completed a physical exam to study limit motion of injured joints, tenderness of soft tissue injuries and spinal functional exams. This allows us to accurately diagnose your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Pain Management

Pain management is a critical component of motor vehicle accident. Our physicians and medical staff use a variety of techniques to manage pain, including manual therapy, modalities such as heat and cold therapy, and therapeutic exercises. We work with our patients to identify their pain triggers and develop strategies to reduce pain and improve function.  In the beginning, at least until our physical rehabilitation therapies begin to help you heal your injuries, some patients may need medications which can be prescribed by Dr. Huffman our medical physician.

Range of Motion Exercises

Motor vehicle accidents can often result in decreased range of motion due to muscle stiffness and joint restrictions. Our therapy staff will use various techniques such as passive and active range of motion exercises to restore your normal range of motion and our chiropractic physicians may use manual adjustments to help improve motion in the spine where restrictions are present.

Soft Tissue Mobilization

In addition to joint restrictions, motor vehicle accident injuries can also result in soft tissue damage such as muscle strains, and ligament sprains. Our Chiropractic physicians and rehab therapists use various soft tissue mobilization techniques, such as massage therapy, myofascial release, manual traction as well as modalities like e-stim and ultracound therapies and advanced medical technologies, like cold laser therapy to help promote healing and improve flexibility.

Strengthening Exercises

After a motor vehicle accident, the affected muscles may become weak due to disuse or injury. Our rehabilitation team will use strengthening exercises to rebuild the muscles’ strength, which helps restore function, reduce pain and reduce the risk of future injury.

Balance and Coordination Training

Motor vehicle accidents can also cause balance and coordination issues, which can lead to falls and other accidents. Using balance and coordination training to improve the patient’s ability to move safely and confidently is another goal of our rehab team.

Functional Training

Functional training involves exercises that simulate real-life movements, such as lifting, pushing, pulling, and reaching.  By integrating functional training into our injured patients rehab program we can help patients regain the ability to perform their daily activities and tasks, such as driving, home and work duties pain free.

Return to Work/Sport

Returning to work or sports after a motor vehicle accident injury can be challenging. Our chiropractic and medical physicians work closely with patients to develop a plan that gradually reintroduces them to their work or sports activities. We provide education and support to help patients maintain their progress and prevent future injuries.  We colloaborate with your employers to ensure you return to work under conditions conducive to a full recovery without further injury.

Recover from accidents faster with our Medical Injury Team in Lakeland

Motor vehicle accidents can cause significant physical and emotional trauma. At our South Lakeland Medical Injury Center, we are committed to helping our patients recover from motor vehicle accident injuries and return to their pre-accident level of function. Our holistic approach combines pain management, range of motion exercises, soft tissue mobilization, strengthening exercises, balance and coordination training, functional training, and psychological support. Our Chiropractic treatment facilitates recovery and long term pain relief and our Medical team is here with you every step of the way through your recovery process.

Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident Recently? Are You Aware of the 14-Day Rule?

In Florida, you are required to seek medical care within 14 days of an automobile accident, or you forfeit all the $10,000 of medical benefits that you paid for. Even if it’s minor, don’t wait before it is too late to see a doctor regarding a potential injury incurred during a car collision.

If you’ve been injury in a car accident in Lakeland call our Medical Doctor; Dr. Huffman at 866-4024250 24/7 and speak to a real injury medical physician about your injuries. The call and consultation is FREE. If you would like Dr. Huffman to report your Lakeland car accident injuries to the responsible Florida auto insurer, to your Lakeland car accident attorney and your primary care physician, he’ll send you a simple text link to your cell phone where you two can connect by a cell phone telemedicine visit. The responsible auto insurer pays for the telemedicine visit, and Dr. Huffman can call medications into your local pharmacy if need, all this without you leaving the comfort of your own home. Call 866-402-4250 24/7 and speak to a live injury medical physician about your injuries, remember you only have 14 days to report this injury so do it today.


Are you suffering from neck pain following a motor vehicle accident, sports injury, or other types of accidents?

It’s possible that you experienced a whiplash injury. Research shows that 53% of people with a whiplash injury suffer from long-term symptoms for which no conventional treatment has proven to heal.

In order to give your body the best chance at not suffering with debilitating long-term symptoms of whiplash, it’s essential that you get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.

At South Lakeland Medical Injury Center,  you can expect outstanding medical care, chiropractic care, physiotherapy, advanced rehab modalities and technology, manual therapy, massage therapy, medications and more to treat your whiplash injury!


Our medical doctors, chiropractors, therapists, and medical staff utilize multiple techniques and treatment options to help treat your whiplash injury. A few of the treatments we can use include:

spinal manipulation
muscle stimulations or relaxation
specific trigger point therapy
soft tissue therapies
deep tissue massage
heat and cold therapies
individualized physical therapy exercises

One of the reasons we have a great track record of helping patients with whiplash is due to the broad range of treatment options that we offer.


Whiplash symptoms don’t always occur immediately after your accident or injury. In some cases, they can show up weeks later. If you are experiencing the symptoms below, contact us to schedule an appointment.

Some of the telltale symptoms include:

Neck pain
Back pain
Upper back tenderness
Tingling sensation
Loss of range of motion in the neck
Difficulty concentrating or remembering
Sleep disturbances
Muscle spasms
(random muscle movements you can’t control)
Worsening pain with neck movement


Whiplash, also called a neck sprain or strain, is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, similar to the cracking of a whip.

Most whiplash injuries result from a collision that includes sudden acceleration or deceleration such as when you are involved in a rear-end motor vehicle collision.

While car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash, contact sports such as football tackles, falls, amusement park rides, being punched or shaken and outdoor accidents can also cause a whiplash injury.

The ligaments and muscles in the neck are stretched beyond the normal range of motion and the soft tissues can tear or sprain leading to discomfort and pain.

While common, whiplash is often ignored, undiagnosed, mistreated, or not treated at all. Whiplash causes serious symptoms and requires proper medical care and treatment by a trained specialist. Our team can help confirm you have whiplash and put together a customized whiplash treatment program.



Dr. Huffman our medical doctor is available 24/7 by calling 866-402-4250.  He can document your whiplash injuries, report those injuries to the responsible insurer, your Lakeland personal injury attorney and begin medical treatment all from the comfort and privacy of your own home.  If you’ve been injured in a Lakeland car accident call Dr. Huffman today so that he can document and treat your whiplash injury today.


To treat whiplash, our chiropractors perform chiropractic adjustments that realign your spine and prevent worsening whiplash symptoms. We can also do spinal decompression to relieve pressure on the discs of your cervical spine.

Chiropractic care offers many benefits over other whiplash treatments. With early intervention, our chiropractors can customize a whiplash chiropractic treatment plan to your needs.

To evaluate your neck and spine, we may conduct a range of motion test, do an orthopedic exam, conduct a gait analysis, and take X-rays.

We approach whiplash treatment gently as we understand the soreness attached to the injury. Before moving into full-blown treatment, we may start with stretching the neck muscles and ice therapy to reduce the swelling. Then we can move into spinal manipulation to place the vertebrae of the spine back into their proper location to eliminate stress and pressure caused by spinal misalignment.


Our experienced therapists and medical staff use both active and passive treatments to help treat whiplash.

Our passive treatments include hot and cold therapies, ultrasound to increase blood circulation to reduce muscle spasms, cramping, swelling, stiffness and pain, electrical stimulation and cold laser therapy.  These treatment techniques provide calming relief to the initial pain and inflammation caused by whiplash.

Our active treatments focus on various exercises to work your strength and range of motion. Each physical therapy program is individualized as it takes into account the severity of your whiplash, health, and medical and injury history.

The overall goal of treating whiplash with therapy is to help reduce muscle spasms, increase blood circulation, increase your range of motion, improve flexibility, and promote healing of the neck tissues.


Our massage therapists utilize deep-tissue massage to target muscle tension that can develop as a result of whiplash. Our therapists use direct pressure and friction to try and release the tension in your soft tissues (ligaments, tendons, muscles).

Massage is the most effective treatment for breaking up and realigning the scar tissue and increasing mobility associated with whiplash injury.

Most therapists agree that the sooner massage therapy is received for whiplash the quicker the individual heals and the less likely they are to develop chronic neck pain. In general, any massage that relaxes the affected muscles will help relieve the pain and discomfort of whiplash. In addition to deep tissue massage techniques, our therapists may also utilize myofascial release or static compression to treat whiplash.


In some cases early in the treatment of your whiplash injury Dr. Huffman may prescibe a low dose muscle relaxant or an anti-inflammatory medical to help reduce severe pain and muscle spasm.  By reducing muscle spasms, it helps improve soft tissue therapy such as, massage and manual traction and helps relax the neck and back for improved chiropractic adjustments.

Medications are not in place of therapy and chiropractic adjustments but rather an adjunctive tools to help improve those manual treatments early in the acute phase of whiplash.  Where medications can help with short term pain relief, manual therapy and chiropractic adjustments leads to long-terms pain reduction and improved range of motion.


One of the best reasons to treat our experienced and highly-rated team is the number of treatment options, such as medical, chiropractic, rehab specialist, and massage therapy, which we combine to help heal your whiplash. Each patient received a customized, multi-treatment approach to get the best results. A few other reasons to choose our practice include:

All the professional and treatment modalities you need in one location
Highly experienced medical and chiropractic team that works together to get you feeling better fast
Pain management relief practitioners
Full Injury medical care team of medical physicians, chiropractic physicians, rehabilitation specialist, medical staff plus physiotherapy, advance rehab modalities, manual therapy, massage therapy, and medications.
One of the most experience medical car accident injury team in the community
We have a thorough knowledge of Florida’s Personal Injury Protection law and benefits
We know how to document injuries to help you maximize your car insurance and health insurance coverage and benefits


A personal injury, like a slip and fall, can create servious neck and back issues, which if ignored can lead to chronic neck and back pain.  Additionally personal injuries can lead to other joint and limb conditions which should be evaluated and treated by a team of doctors like those here at South Lakeland Medical Injury Center: Love Chiropractic.

We have a team of chiropractic and medical doctors that can help you through the acute and painful stage of your injuries and toward a full recovery and rehab.  We are with you every step of the way to your return to full pain free activities.



Offering complete chiropractic care in Lakeland, Dr Stephen Love, Dr. Tiffany Love, Dr. Christopher Terry and Dr. Erika Love are focused on providing the physical medicine and rehabilitation necessary to help heal pain and injuries for patients of all ages. Our chiropractic team specializes in car accident injuries, back pain, whiplash, shoulder pain, arm pain, disc injuries, work injuries and neck pain.


Most people are under the impression that chiropractic care is only for back pain. This is a common misconception as chiropractors can help with a variety of health issues and injuries. Our chiropractors can help you with the following issues.

Auto Injuries
Back Pain
Neck Pain
Disc Injuries
Shoulder Pain
Work Injuries
Hip Pain
Herniated Dics

“This place is great, the atmosphere is relaxed which is nice. The staff members are super friendly. Dr. Chris does an amazing job, I was in a lot of pain and from the first adjustment I was doing a lot better. He has regimented me down over time so I don’t feel like I’m going needlessly. It is also very affordable.”
Kaity Rae

Medical Massage Therapy Lakeland

For centuries, massage therapy has been one of the most enjoyable ways to find relief from aches and pains or to simply relax after a stressful week.

However, there is a big difference between a hot stone massage you get from your local health spa and a medical massage that is aimed at treating uncomfortable symptoms.

Traditional medicine typically uses a combination of OTC medications, physical therapy, or even surgery to treat pain. But medical massage therapy works hand-in-hand with traditional chiropractic care to provide you with effective, lasting relief.

Medical massage therapy is designed to target specific areas of pain and discomfort to relieve the pain in addition to promoting healing and relaxation.

All massages work wonders at stretching out soft tissues, improving blood flow, and providing a feeling of gentle relaxation, but therapeutic massage is a world apart from your average spa treatment!

At a spa, massage is simply a way to relax your body and mind. But a therapeutic massage focuses on treating underlying injuries and health conditions to provide healing from the inside out.

At South Lakeland Medical Injury Center, our licensed massage therapists are trained in a wide variety of massage techniques to treat a wide variety of conditions.

Whether you suffer from stiff joints, car accident pain, or age-related complaints, South Lakeland Medical Injury Center’s team of licensed massage therapist can help you get back to feeling your best.

recovering from car injury

Therapeutic Exercise Lakeland

Exercise For Life

layoutExercise is essential for a long, healthy and vibrant life. It has been scientifically shown to increase health by lowering blood cholesterol levels, strengthening the immune system, lowering body fat, increasing one’s sense of well being, and increasing muscle strength, tone and function.

Chiropractors understand the importance of exercise and the essential role it plays in health. We encourage all patients to participate in physical activities which promote cardiovascular health and can assist you finding the right activity. We do recommend those over the age of 40 or those with known health problems to consult our office prior to initiating any exercise regimen.

Exercise For Injuries

layoutTherapeutic exercises for the neck, back, and extremities are an essential part of the rehabilitative process following injury. Chiropractic doctors commonly prescribe specific strengthening and stabilizing exercises and stretches for their patients with back, neck and extremity problems.

Exercises provide many benefits during the healing and preventative stages. Early on, exercise prevents muscle deterioration and promotes joint health. Later on, exercises increase strength, proprioception and stability to protect from new injuries and recurrences of past problems.

Therapeutic exercises are specific exercises meant for correcting specific problems. Depending the matter of your concern, your chiropractor may give you a list of exercises to perform to reduce discomfort. The focus of therapeutic exercise is to regain flexibility, strength, and endurance related to specific physical problems.

Therapeutic exercise aims to improve, restore, and prevent loss of physical function. It can also improve a patient’s overall health, fitness, and sense of well­-being.

Additional objectives of Therapeutic exercise include:

  • Increasing mobility
  • Releasing contracted muscles, tendons, and fascia
  • Mobilizing joints
  • Improving circulation
  • Improving respiratory capacity
  • Improving coordination
  • Reducing rigidity
  • Improving balance

Therapeutic exercises are classified into three major categories:

  • Endurance training
  • Resistance training
  • Flexibility training

No matter what type of exercise is prescribed to remedy a patient’s specific condition, the final goal of rehabilitation is to acquire a maximum level of physical fitness, without the use of more invasive methods. Therapeutic exercise can be performed at home, and gives you the power to improve your quality of life.

To learn more about Therapeutic exercise in South Lakeland, call our office today or call Dr. Huffman on his cell phone at 866-402-4250

Spinal Decompression in Lakeland


Do You Suffer From Low Back or Neck Pain? An innovative, effective, non-surgical treatment option is now available at Love Chiropractic Center. In addition to offering Chiropractic Manipulation, we are now also offering Spinal Decompression Therapy for both the Neck and Low Back. This specialized therapy treats neck pain, back pain, and Sciatica cause by:

  • Bulging/Herniated Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Whiplash Injuries
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Failed Back Surgery
  • Spinal Stenosis

Without the use of:

  • Drugs
  • Injections
  • Surgery


Depending upon the severity of your condition and your doctor’s recommendation, treatment regimens usually consist of 20-25 treatments spread over four to six weeks. Each session lasts 25-45 minutes.

Please contact our office to inquire about this new treatment option (863)-709-1600, we look forward to your visit. Stop by and visit us at 5227 US Highway 98 South in Lakeland Florida or call us at (863) 709-1600

Active Release Techniques Lakeland

What is Active Release Techniques (ART) to Individuals, Athletes, and Patients?

At Love Chiropractic Center we use ART, a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
How do overuse conditions occur?
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
  • acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
  • accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

What is an ART treatment like?

Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

We look forward to your visit. Stop by and visit us at 5227 US Highway 98 South in Lakeland Florida or call us at (863) 709-1600

Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasound, a type of mechanical energy, has been used for years to reduce chronic pain and speed up the healing process. A physical therapist can use ultrasound therapy in a variety of ways to reduce pain and treat injuries. Contact us for more information about how ultrasound therapy can promote healing, decrease pain, and improve your ability and performance in daily activities and tasks.

How Ultrasound Works in Lakeland

Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves to treat various muscle, bone and ligament conditions. The sound waves generate vibrations that produce heat. The friction created when tissues vibrate at the molecular level is caused by the vibrations of sound waves. The friction causes tissue temperature to rise. This is just one advantage of ultrasound applications. Ultrasound can penetrate deeper into tissues than a hot pack.

Gel is used to reduce friction and promote transmission of ultrasound waves during physical therapy. Your tendons, ligaments and connective tissue absorb the waves.

What Ultrasound Therapy does for the Body

Two ways that ultrasound can help you heal and repair your tissues during physical therapy are the most common. It provides heat or thermal energy. The second benefit is non-thermal.

Thermal – Ultrasound heats tissues deep into the tissue. This can improve circulation and reduce pain. The heat can also allow muscles to stretch more easily. Ultrasound can also be used to loosen muscles and tendons.

Non-Thermal Ultrasound – Ultrasound can also work in ways that are not related to heat transfer. Ultrasound creates tiny gas bubbles around tissues when it transmits energy to the body. These gas bubbles expand and contract at an accelerated rate. This phenomenon is known as cavitation.

Ultrasound Therapy Benefits in Lakeland

Heat will increase blood flow – As cold reduces blood flow, heat will also increase it. Ultrasound therapy can cause blood vessels to expand and increase blood flow. An increase in blood flow will mean that more nutrients are delivered to the injury which will improve the healing process.
Reduce swelling and inflammation – Ultrasound therapy has been proven to decrease stiffness and increase range of motion, as well as reduce stiffness and inflammation. This will make it easier for your joints and muscles to respond to manual stretching and other types of massage if blood flow has been increased and inflammation reduced.
Promote tissue healing – Ultrasound can not only improve your muscles and joint range, but also aids in the healing of injured tissues. Ultrasound can affect the metabolism of tissue cells. The ultrasound vibration can prevent scar tissue formation.

Conditions treated with ultrasound in Lakeland

Although ultrasound can increase blood flow, reduce swelling, inflammation and tissue healing are all general benefits, there are a few conditions that it can be used to treat. Here are some of the conditions that can be treated with ultrasound.

Ultrasound therapy can effectively treat bursitis and tendonitis.
Ultrasound Therapy for Muscle Strains and Tears: This can help reduce the time it takes to heal sprains strains and tears.
Muscle spasms – Heat can be applied to various areas on or near the site to relax muscles and reduce spasms.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Osteoarthritis (OA) – These chronic conditions respond well to ultrasound’s deep heat.
Low-intensity ultrasound can promote healing of bone fractures. Ultrasound is also a cost-effective and less invasive method to diagnose certain types of stress fractures.

These are just some of the many conditions that ultrasound physical therapy can treat. Whiplash, phantom or severe limb pain, toothache, and certain types of cancer can all be treated with ultrasound physical therapy.

Find a qualified Medical Injury Center in Lakeland

An ultrasound-trained therapist may be able to help you with many types of conditions. It is important to choose a therapist that has been trained in treating your condition. Your condition may be treated by a trained therapist using a variety of ultrasound techniques. Sometimes, ultrasound therapy is used in conjunction with different types of massage or exercise.

Our therapist’s goal is to relieve your symptoms and promote healing. This will improve flexibility and range of motion. This will help to reduce or eliminate pain from your injury. The therapist will also be able to teach you exercises that you can do at home and how you can improve your gait and posture in order to prevent future injuries. The therapist’s goal is to help you increase strength, range of motion, and everyday functionality. Call us today for more information about how ultrasound therapy may help your condition.

Electrical muscle stimulation in Lakeland

Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is a treatment method being used to reduce pain, swelling, and recovery time. This increasingly popular treatment works well for soft tissue injuries, muscle spasms, and even for athletes who want quicker recovery from workouts.

How Does Electrical Muscle Stimulation Work?

This treatment is performed here in our office, and usually only takes a few minutes. Electrodes are placed on the skin over the affected area, and the machine is turned on. An electrical current is then transmitted into the soft tissue or muscle. The level of current used depends on the injury, its location, and how deep the therapy will be. This electrical current causes the muscles to experience very small but quick contractions. During the treatment, patients may feel a prickly or tingling sensation; however, these sensations will subside after the machine is turned off, or shortly afterward. Many patients enjoy the sensation.

Electrical muscle stimulation creates tiny contractions in the muscles so they become tired and relax, relieving pain and muscle spasms. In addition, it triggers the release of endorphins, which are our body’s natural pain reliever. The process is also said to clear metabolic waste so nutrients can be better delivered and soft tissue can heal more quickly.

Back muscles and neck muscles are common locations for EMS; however, there are many areas of the body that can experience the benefits of this treatment.

Electrical muscle stimulation works well for both acute and chronic pain. If you have been struggling with pain or have recently suffered an injury, ask Dr. Huffman if electrical muscle stimulation is right for you.

Electrotherapy is a versatile therapy that elicits impulses generated by a device delivered by wires through electrodes on the skin near the muscles being stimulated. The electrodes are generally pads that adhere to the skin. The impulses mimic theaction potential that comes from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract.

Effects and research efforts have shown Electrotherapy to assist with: Muscle strengthening, Rehabilitation, Preventing disuse muscle atrophy, increasing local blood circulation, Relaxation of muscles and muscle toning.

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Many Florida car accidents result in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that often go undiagnosed or unrecognized initially. TBIs can range from mild concussions to severe injuries, and their effects can be long-lasting and even permanent if not properly diagnosed and treated.

Here are some key points to consider regarding car accidents and TBIs in Florida:

Prevalence: Car accidents are a common cause of TBIs, and Florida’s high population, extensive road network, and busy traffic conditions contribute to a significant number of accidents each year.

Types of TBIs: TBIs can vary in severity. Mild TBIs, often referred to as concussions, may not be immediately apparent, but they can still have long-term consequences if not properly managed. Moderate to severe TBIs can result in more obvious symptoms but may still be missed if not thoroughly evaluated.

Common TBI Symptoms: Symptoms of a TBI can include headaches, dizziness, confusion, memory problems, mood changes, sensitivity to light or noise, and changes in sleep patterns. In some cases, these symptoms may not appear immediately after an accident, which can lead to delayed diagnosis.

Medical Evaluation: It’s crucial for anyone involved in a Florida car accident, even if they don’t immediately exhibit TBI symptoms, to seek medical evaluation. Dr. Huffman has been diagnosing and treating car accident patients for over 35 years and often sees Florida auto injury patients with TBI symptoms who have not been properly diagnosed with TBI. Diagnosis of TBI often includes a special MRI called a DTI MRI which is not available in all Florida imaging centers.  Additional medical evaluation may include medical referrals to neurologist trained and experienced in TBI.  Florida Injury Centers and Dr. Huffman collaborates with DTI MRI facilities and TIB neurologist throughout the state of Florida to insure that TBI patients have access to the best TBI facilities and best TBI physicians in Florida.
Long-Term Impact: TBIs can have lasting effects, and early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are essential to minimize these effects. If left untreated, TBIs can lead to cognitive impairments, emotional issues, and physical disabilities that can be permanent.
Legal Implications: In the context of car accidents, TBIs can have legal implications, especially if the injury was caused by another party’s negligence. Victims may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The best Florida Injury Attorneys know how to handle TBI cases and have experience in presenting their clients current and future medical care needs to the responsible Florida auto insurer. But they can’t do their job without well documented diagnosis, appropriate imaging, and medical consults.  Dr. Huffman has 35 years of medical experience diagnosing TBI, documenting TBI for patient’s attorneys and referring TBI patients into the best TBI medical facilities in the state of Florida.
Prevention: While it’s crucial to respond effectively to TBIs once they occur, preventing them is even more critical, particularly after you have sustained the first TBI. Following a Florida auto accident with head injury and TBI like symptoms it is critical that you avoid situation that put you at risk for another head injury, including activities at work and certain recreational activities that might put you at risk for another head injury.  It is always best to consult with a physician following a Florida auto accident and head injury prior to return to work and recreational activities.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident in Florida and there is a concern about a potential TBI, it’s essential to seek medical attention promptly and consult with legal professionals. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can significantly improve the prognosis for individuals with TBIs and help them better manage any long-term disabilities that may result from their injuries. If you’ve been involved in an auto accident in Florida call Dr. Huffman at TBI 866-402-4250 for a FREE TBI consult 24/7 anywhere in the state of Florida.  Don’t ignore even mild Florida auto accident head injuries.  It’s important you seek out medical care as soon as possible after your Florida auto accident and consult a Florida injury attorney if necessary.


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: PTSD

The association between Florida Car Accident and PTSD  post-traumatic stress disorder is well-established. Experiencing a traumatic event such as a car accident can lead to various psychological and emotional consequences, and PTSD is one of them. Florida Car Accident and PTSD

When an individual goes through a car accident, especially if it involves severe injuries, loss of life, or significant property damage, they may develop PTSD. PTSD is a mental health condition that can occur after someone has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Symptoms of PTSD can include:

  1. Intrusive Memories: Flashbacks, nightmares, or distressing memories related to the accident.
  2. Avoidance: Avoiding reminders of the traumatic event, including places, people, or activities associated with the accident.
  3. Negative Changes in Thinking and Mood: Persistent negative thoughts and feelings, feelings of detachment, difficulty experiencing positive emotions.
  4. Hyperarousal: Increased irritability, difficulty sleeping, exaggerated startle response.

The severity and duration of PTSD symptoms can vary from person to person. Factors such as pre-existing mental health conditions, the severity of the accident, and the level of support received afterward can influence the likelihood and intensity of PTSD.

It’s important for individuals who have been in auto accidents and are experiencing symptoms of PTSD to seek professional help. Mental health professionals, such as therapists or counselors, can provide appropriate support and therapeutic interventions to help manage and alleviate PTSD symptoms.

If you’ve been injured in a Florida car accident it’s important that the first medical physician you see after the car crash is knowledgable and experienced in diagnosis PTSD.  Often the diagnosis of PTSD is missed because the injured patient went to first to a Florida ER or urgent care center where physicians rarely ask the appropriate questions about PTSD symptoms.

Because the symptoms of PTSD are missed on the front end of your car injury case, responsilbe auto insurers often challenge the diagnosis later in the injury case.  If you’ve been injured in a Florida car accident speak to a doctor with experience in diagnosis PTSD to make sure the diagnosis appears early in the injury case.  Dr. Huffman has over 35 years of experience diagnosing and treating car accident injuries.  From the comfort of you own home you can call him immediately after your Florida auto accident 24/7 at 866-402-4250 for free medical consult.  Don’t delay reporting your injuries or risking a missing the diagnosis of PTSD following a car crash.  It’s important that you are diagnosed early and referred to the appropriate medical specialist for treatment.

Physicians, Attorneys & Chirpractors

Strong Medical-Legal Cases

At South Lakeland Medical Injury Center we posses decades of experience in med-legal care.

We have extensive knowledge in med-legal patient care and management. Med-legal care refers to treatment and management of personal injury patients, such as treatment of injuries resulting from motor vehicle collisions or slip-and-falls. Med-legal also refers to treatment of ‘on-the-job injuries’ which fall under worker’s compensation. Their experience in med-legal cases in the State of Florida dates back to decades.

Med-legal patients often have retained legal representation and, we manage and treat patients represented by almost every major law firm in Florida.

As is the case with all patients who treat at South Lakeland Medical Injury Center, we never hesitate to refer med-legal patients to the appropriate outside medical specialist for collaborative care when medical necessity exists, including::


Orthopedic Surgeons


TMJ Specialists

Pain Management


Medical reports are an important factor in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries resulting from physical trauma such as motor vehicle collisions.  We utilize recent post-injury clinical studies, such as XRay studies and/or CT Scans, when available such as those taken at a hospital, imaging center, or medical facility. If clinical studies have not previously been performed, or if there is medical necessity for advanced clinical studies, such as MRI, we always utilize imaging centers. All clinical studies ordered are read by radiologists who also have training in evaluation and diagnosis of acute traumatic injury.

Management of med-legal care begins on day one. Personal injury patients consult with Dr. Huffman who ask personal injury patients detailed questions to determine the occupant kinematics and biomechanics involved in their crash. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) is always a concern when dealing with injuries from motor vehicle collisions and we evaluate for signs of MTBI in order to get patients with MTBI the neurological care they need.

Many cases of late whiplash (chronic) neck or shoulder pain or severe recurring headaches have their origin in a crash that, often unknowingly to the sufferer, was initiated by a cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) injury, often referred to as a whiplash injury, which is a significant injury to their neck.

Following a whiplash injury, there will usually be a certain amount of neck soreness and stiffness as the muscles contract in their attempt to pull the head and spine back into alignment. Thinking that it will “just take time for it to go away” can be a very painful mistake for the future. Anyone sustaining whiplash injury should have his or her spine checked. The sooner the better! Call 866-402-4250 anytime of the day any day of the week following your Lakeland car accident for FREE medical consultations with one of best car accident doctors in Lakeland.

Poorly documented medical reports can often lead to less than optimal settlements with the repsonsible auto insurer.  The chiropractic physicians at Love Chiropractic and  Dr. Huffman have decades of experience clearly documenting auto injuries and presenting their diagnosis and rationale for treatment and specialist consults in depositions and court.  They also have experience in diagnosis conditions often missed by other healthcare providers, like, soft tissue injuries, whiplash, spinal disc injuries, traumatic brain injury, PTSD and other conditions that help the responsible auto insurer fully understand the extent of your Lakeland auto injuries.

We work with the best Lakeland car accident attorneys to ensure your injuries and treatments are documented well so that you get the appropriate compensation for your losses.

How We Help You

We offer a comprehensive chiropractic-medical injury healthcare team to help you recover from your Lakeland auto accident.  Dr. Huffman is available 24/7 to perform medical evaluations immediately following your accident by calling his personal cell phone at 866-402-4250,  Additionally, he can call medications into your local pharmacy if needed, without you leaving your home.

You only haves 14 days to report your Lakeland auto accident case.  With our telemedicine service you can do that from the comfort and privacy of your home without the long wait in a local ER or urgent care, without the excessive CT scans and unnecessary testing and without the loss of your limited PIP funds.   Dr. Huffman will also complete the very important EMC which is a medical report that opens up the Florida auto insurance to the full $10,000 so you can get the appropriate diagnosis and treatment for your Lakeland auto injuries. We file these reports within 24 hours of our telemedicine visit. With over 35 years of clinical experience Dr. Huffman has become very proficient at diagnosing car accident injuries, like whiplashPTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Dr. Huffman will file medical injury reports to your insurer, your primary care physician, and to your Lakeland injury attorney.  With over 35 years in the injury field, Dr. Huffman defends your injury case, along with your attorney, in a court of law if necessary to ensure you get the maximum settlement possible to ensure you are taken care of following the auto accident and into the future if necessary.  The responsible car insurance pays for the telemedicine visits.

Once we have the accident and injury report filed with the responsible insurer and your auto injury attorney in Lakeland you then start your comprehesive auto injury treatment and recovery right here in your local community with the best Lakeland auto injury clinic and our chiropractic-medical team of physicians.  South Lakeland Medical Injury Center: Love Chiropractic has everything you need to recover from your injuries under one roof.  If we need additional imaging such as MRI or consult with Lakeland pain physicians, Lakeland neurologist and Lakeland orthopedic surgeons we have relationship with the best injury doctors in Lakeland.

Dr. Huffman

Dr. Huffman is an osteopathic physician board certified in family medicine with over 35 years of experience treating auto injuries and whiplash.   He has treated thousands of car accident patients and joined the South Lakeland Medical Injury Center: Love Chiropractic team to extend his injury care to those injured in a Lakeland area car accident.

Dr. Huffman is available to his Lakeland patients via his telemedicine portal 24/7 through a simple text link to a cell phone where he can answer your questions about your injury recovery, file reports to the responsible auto insurer, communicate with your Lakeland area car accident attorney and even call medications into your local Lakeland area pharmacy if they are necessary, all without you leaving your home .  The responsible auto insurer pays for the telemedicine visit.

As a primary care physician, he communicates with your primary care physician to ensure they are kept in the loop of your car accident rehab.

Whiplash Treatment From Qualified Experts

When you call you speak to a board-certified medical physician with 35 years of experience in auto injury care, not an assistant and not a marketing person.   Call today at (866) 402-4250 for a FREE car accident medical consultation with a medical physician about your case.  The call and the consultation are free and Dr. Huffman is available to his Lakeland patients 24/7.    See why so many of your Lakeland family, neighbors and friends have turned to South Lakeland Medical Injury Center: Love Chiropractic to help them through their car accident recovery. Additional questions?  Contact Us.