"Whiplash" and other Neck Injuries
One of the most common injuries people face after an accident is “whiplash.” If you've been in a car crash and begin experiencing neck pain, our chiropractic and orthopaedic network can help.
What is "whiplash"?
"Whiplash" is a generally accepted term for the injury that occurs when the vertebrae and soft tissues of the neck or back are overextended beyond their normal range of motion in a quick and sudden movement, such as when the head is "whipped" back and forth during a car accident. This can cause severe neck pain that - without proper treatment - can worsen and cause permanent problems. There is an important difference when treating whiplash: the difference between healing and treating the symptoms. At Broward Outpatient Injury Center, we do both: We work with chiropractic to heal your body, and orthopaedic pain management to treat the symptoms and pain.
Whiplash is a common injury associated with accidents. Typical whiplash symptoms can be all or any of the following:
- Pain and stiffness in the neck
- Numbness or “falling asleep” (“pins and needles”) feeling in the arms and hands
- Back (both upper and lower) pain
- Shoulder pain
What causes whiplash?
The most common cause of whiplash is when a person is hit from the rear in a car accident and the head abruptly jerks forward. This sudden directional change of the spine can have very painful effects on the soft tissues in the neck.
How is whiplash diagnosed?
As a rule, someone with the symptoms of whiplash are first given x-rays to rule out any serious damage to the bones of the neck. Based on the results, a doctor will decide if an MRI scan is needed to further diagnose the problem. An experienced accident injury doctor may also get a diagnosis simply from taking down your symptoms and examining your neck and head – at least enough to begin treatment - but it is important to have the diagnosis backed up with x-rays and the like.
How do you treat whiplash?
Depending on the severity of the injury, the treatment may vary considerably. In certain instances, patient may be given a cervical collar (a neck brace) to reduce mobility, while on the other hand, other patients may be encouraged to start doing physical therapy exercises. The various whiplash treatments can include any of the following:
What is the recovery time for whiplash?
In most cases, whiplash sufferers who get proper treatment can recover from their injuries after a few days. It is important to note, thought, that if not treated early on and correctly, severe cases of whiplash can result in a lifetime of pain, and can dramatically effect mobility and function of the neck.
If you or someone you love has been in an accident that resulted in whiplash or other neck injuries, it is important to seek medical care promptly to prevent long term damage and ongoing pain.
Submission of this form is an application for a FREE Medical Consultation for your injuries suffered in a car accident. You will be contacted by a representative to ensure you are qualified, and your appointment scheduled if you are qualified. The "FREE Medical Consultation" is an initial discussion with a medical provider about your accident injuries before an exam or treatment, which will be utilized to determine the appropriate diagnostics, and potentially treatment.