A neck sprain or strain caused by an abrupt back and forward jerking motion of the head is known as whiplash. Most people associate whiplash with a car accident, but the injury is also commonly seen in contact sports such as football. In whiplash, the intervertebral joints, discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles and nerve roots may become damaged.
Symptoms of whiplash may be delayed for 24 hours or more after the initial trauma, however sufferers may develop one or more of the following symptoms within the first few days:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Shoulder pain
- Low back pain
- Arm or hand numbness or pain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Irritability, fatigue, difficulty sleeping
Posture at impact, overall physical condition and gender can affect your injury. Generally, women are more vulnerable to whiplash due to their smaller neck vertebrae and less bulky muscles. Also, drivers who see the car coming and can brace themselves typically fare better than passengers who don’t.
The First 72 Hours are Critical
If your neck has been injured, it’s important to be examined and treated within 72 hours to give yourself the best opportunity for a successful long-term recovery. If you’ve been in an accident or suffered a workplace injury, it’s particularly important to be seen by a doctor immediately to obtain documentation of your injury.
At Pain Stop Clinics, our doctors will ask how your injury occurred, where you feel pain and whether the pain dull, sharp or shooting. The doctor will check your range of motion and look for areas of tenderness.
An X-ray may be ordered to ensure your pain isn’t connected to any other type of injury or degenerative disease like arthritis. Computerized tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows the doctor to assess damage in the soft tissues, spinal cord or nerves.
Doctors often prescribe over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen or aspirin. More severe injuries may require muscle relaxants to reduce muscle spasms. Chiropractic care, massage and physio-therapy can also play crucial role in recovery.
When Will I Feel Better?
If treated immediately, most whiplash cases resolve within a few days to several weeks. Unfortunately, untreated whiplash can turn into chronic neck pain, but don’t give up hope, Pain Stop Clinics offer many ways to stop your chronic neck pain.
Whiplash Treatment Options
- Chiropractic Therapy
- Physiotherapy & Therapeutic Exercises
- Massage Therapy
- Joint Injection
- Pharmacological Intervention
- Radiofrequency Neuroablation
- Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block
- Trigger Point Injections
- Transforaminal Epidurals
- Nerve Blocks
- Medial Branch Blocks
- Interlaminar Epidurals
- Low-Dose Steroid Injections
- Cervical Facet Injection
Don’t Put Up with that Pain in the Neck
Call Pain Stop Clinics for Your Free Consultation Today
The treatment programs used within Pain Stop Clinics not only mitigate the pain, but work to stabilize the troubled area with the goal of preventing additional injury. Our team of pain management professionals, which includes doctors, nurse practitioners, chiropractors, medical assistants and therapists are available to get you on the road to recovery. Give us a call today!