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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.
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Our recent blog posts have covered common causes of back pain and their treatments as well as interventional pain management. To learn more about these topics, take a look at these links from around the Web:
- Get familiar with spinal stenosis at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
- Some people with herniated discs don’t even know that they have one. Learn about herniated disc symptoms at the Mayo Clinic.
- Facet joints are commonly afflicted by painful arthritis. About.com offers an introduction to facet arthropathy, including possible treatments.
- Read up on how interventional pain management is changing the way we treat chronic pain at the National Pain Foundation.
- Medscape provides an overview of discography, one of the methods used to diagnose the source of chronic pain.
For more information about pain management therapies, contact Dr. Douglas Allen at New York Pain Medicine by calling (888) 755-2664 or by visiting us online.
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Back pain is the second most common neurological issue in the United States. Nearly everyone suffers from back pain at some point, usually due to joint issues like arthritis or spinal damage caused by overuse or injury. If you suffer from back pain, it may be caused by one of these underlying conditions:
- Spinal Stenosis:
Spinal stenosis refers to narrowing of the spinal canal due to the wear-and-tear of aging or a congenital condition from birth. As the canal narrows, pressure is put on the spinal cord, resulting in leg pain, numbness, or lower back pain. It is commonly related to arthritis. Spinal stenosis treatments include steroid injections, physical therapy, or anti-inflammatory medications.
- Facet Arthropathy:
This is a form of degenerative arthritis in which the cartilage and synovial fluid in the facet joints begins to deteriorate, causing soreness and loss of motion. Facet arthropathy develops from many causes, including wear and tear, fractures, or disc problems. Treatment may include rest, over-the-counter pain medication, physical therapy, or spinal manipulation.
- Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction:
Sacroiliac joints are formed by the left and right iliac bones and the sacrum, the triangle-shaped bone at the end of the spine. The entire weight of the body is supported by these joints, so they withstand a significant amount of stress. Dysfunction in these joints can be caused by degenerative arthritis, pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout.
- Herniated Disc:
Excessive pressure will cause the disc-shaped cushions to bulge or rupture from between the vertebrae. A herniated disc can be treated with rest, pain medications, or cortisone injections.
- Injury or Overuse:
Strain or injury to the back, including whiplash injuries, can result in chronic pain. Your doctor may treat the pain with medication, steroid injections, epidural injections, or physical therapy.
There are many possible treatments for managing back pain. Dr. Douglas Allen can help create an individualized pain management strategy for you including physical therapy to experience a healthy lifestyle. Call New York Pain Medicine today at (888) 755-2664 or contact us online to learn more about our services.
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