Whiplash: Causes and Treatments

Whiplash: Causes and Treatments

Whiplash is a fairly common neck injury that is often associated with car accidents. Nevertheless, whiplash can occur after any kind of blow, impact or accident that causes your head to jerk back and forth unnaturally. These unfortunate incidents can create tears in the muscles and tendons in your neck and damage bone, causing significant neck pain. There are treatment options available for those who’ve sustained a whiplash injury, and the team at American Spine can provide supplemental therapies to reduce pain. Find out the most common causes of whiplash and what you can do for treatment.

Whiplash may occur after the following three incidents:

Car Accidents: According to Mayo Clinic, rear-end collisions are the most common cause of whiplash.

Physical Assault: Being punched, pushed or shaken can cause whiplash. Shaken baby syndrome causes similar neck damage in infants, but often leads to death.  

Contact Sports: Playing a high-contact sport like football or rugby can cause whiplash.

Symptoms of whiplash usually develop less than 24 hours after the incident. Side effects may include: neck pain, stiffness, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, loss of range of motion in the neck, etc. It’s imperative patients see a doctor right after sustaining a whiplash injury, because the physician will be able to examine the injury and rule out serious tissue or bone damage.

Fortunately, most people who experience whiplash recover pretty quickly. However, there are cases where an individual may have ongoing, or chronic, pain months after the injury. If you’re experiencing chronic pain as a result of whiplash, see a specialist at American Spine. Our physicians provide pain-relieving, inflammation-reducing treatment options to decrease the side effects associated with whiplash.

Treatment for whiplash can vary depending on the severity of the injury. Below are a few treatment options for whiplash injury:

  • Rest and Relaxation
  • Ice and Heat Compresses
  • Pain Medication (NSAID and/or Prescription)
  • Muscle Relaxants
  • Injections

At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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