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What can happen if whiplash is not properly treated?

Whiplash is an injury of the soft tissues in the neck, often resulting from rear-end collisions. The vehicle in front gets propelled forward so violently that its occupants experience a rapid back-and-forth movement in their necks. The muscles and ligaments go beyond their capacity, so they stretch and tear. Often, the pain is not immediately felt. It may take hours or days before symptoms start to appear.

Other factors, like slamming on the brakes or performing an overly enthusiastic dance move, can cause one’s head to jerk forward hard enough to hurt the neck. If the muscles are affected, it’s a strain. If the ligaments are affected, it’s a sprain. Either injury is not something to be dismissed.

But because whiplash is not immediately apparent, many people push it aside as a minor injury which resolves in time. That’s not the case for everyone. Untreated whiplash can lead to more serious complications, which in turn can lead to chronic pain. It can limit the normal range of head motion, and may even make some movements impossible.

The pain is not limited to the neck. It can radiate to the shoulders and upper back as well. Some people opt for painkillers, but that’s not sustainable for the long term. A complex type of pain like whiplash calls for pain management that involves different procedures and therapies. This method is not only more effective, but also safer.

For a pain management plan tailor-made for your specific needs, look no further than the Pain Stop Clinic near you. Schedule an appointment with us for a free consultation.

 

What is a Pain Management Specialist?

Chronic pain is an especially debilitating condition that can seriously reduce your overall quality of life. Whether you suffer from neck, back, knee or any other kind of pain, you’ve probably done just about everything in your power to correct the issue. Your primary care physician likely doesn’t specialize in the identification and treatment of chronic pain conditions, so consider seeing a pain management specialist.

Pain Management Specialists

Currently in the medical profession, there isn’t a single field officially dedicated to pain management. However, individual disciplines do have specialists who primarily focus on pain management (for instance, physical therapy, anesthesiology, interventional radiology and physiatry). Recent research indicates specialists in behavioral science, psychology and psychiatry can assist in the treatment of chronic pain.

Pain Specialist Treatments

Pain management specialists work on many different kinds of pain. These include complications from back surgery (also known as failed back surgery syndrome) and challenging chronic pain resulting from any number of conditions. If your primary care physician is unable to treat your chronic pain, ask for a referral to a pain treatment specialist or make an appointment (depending on your insurance policy). Pain Stop Clinics staffs a team of pain management specialists who can implement an individualized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

 

What is the difference between a nurse and a nurse practitioner?

If you are considering a medical career you might be wondering what the difference is between a nurse and a nurse practitioner. Put simply, a nurse specializes in the general care of patients while a nurse practitioner focuses on one specific branch of medicine, such as pediatrics or geriatrics.

Education

While a nurse only needs an associate’s degree, a nurse practitioner must earn a Master’s of Science in Nursing. To become a registered nurse, you need to study at a community college or four-year university. To become a nurse practitioner, you must attend a university graduate program.

Licensing And Certifications

To work as a nurse, you have to register with your state’s Board of Nursing. You will also have to pass the National Council Licensure Examination. To become a licensed nurse practitioner you need to pass a test administered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners or the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Continuing Education

Depending on your state, there will be different continuing education requirements for nurses. A nurse practitioner must renew their certification every five years, and work a certain number of hours in a clinical setting in order to keep their license current.

Duties

The job duties that nurses perform include monitoring patients, keeping records on each one, ordering tests and getting results, assisting doctors and communicating with patients’ families.

The job duties that nurse practitioners perform include prescribing medications, creating treatment plans for their patients, find and treating illnesses and monitoring a patient’s illnesses.

Places Of Employment

Nurses mainly work in hospitals, nursing homes and schools. While many nurse practitioners have a private practice, others work at research or university hospitals.

Why Pain Stop Clinics?

  • We’re growing!
  • 11 branches provide ease of access.
  • No initial costs.
  • All physicians board certified.
  • Same-day appointments available.
  • Up-to-date technology and protocols for treating pain.
  • Long-term injury care.
  • Helpful medical assistants to expedite paperwork.
  • Accident injury care specialists.
  • Comprehensive care plans.
  • Expert care teams specializing in head, neck, back, arm and leg pain.
  • Insurance plans accepted.
  • Cash plans available.

Our expert pain specialists are 100% committed to treating your pain without addictive, potentially deadly opiod medications. We commonly treat whiplash trauma, neck pain, chronic headaches, spinal cord injuries, numbness or tingling, blurred vision, fatigue, dizziness and stiffness.

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