When you’re in a car accident, it’s not only damage to your car that should concern you. In the days following an accident, many people suffer from whiplash injuries that cause tremendous pain and stiffness. Learn more about the symptoms and treatments of whiplash in this overview:
Whiplash is a fairly common injury that occurs after a sudden acceleration. Rear impact causes the lower vertebrae in the neck to hyper-extend and the upper vertebrae to hyperflex. This S-shape in the spine is abnormal and damages the ligaments and muscles. The term “whiplash” describes injury to both the tissue and the bones in the neck. Though many individuals only suffer from whiplash temporarily, it may progress into a chronic disorder. In severe cases, whiplash becomes an extensive period of partial disability that can last years.
Often whiplash symptoms take a few days to manifest after the incident. The most common symptoms of whiplash injuries are:
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness
- Shoulder and shoulder blade pain
- Back pain
- Ringing ears
- Blurred vision
- Arm pain and weakness
Often, the optimal treatment depends on the nature and severity of the whiplash injury. In most cases, the best treatment for whiplash is a combination of gentle exercises and physical therapy. Motion exercises such as rotational movements increase blood flow to the damaged tissue. Physical therapy strengthens these muscles and helps reduce pain. Many also find some relief with pain medications which reduce painful swelling and inflammation. Other pain management treatments include injections and ultrasound.
If you’re suffering from whiplash, turn to New York Pain Medication for relief. We treat all our NYC patients with an individualized pain management plan including physical therapy, stretching, and injections. Make an appointment today by calling (888) 755-2664.