Whiplash is a painful injury in which the neck is suddenly forced back and forth. This article deals with whiplash. We’ll talk about the common causes of the injury, as well as some options for treatment.
Whiplash Causes & Symptoms
Whiplash injuries can range from mild to severe. Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash injuries, but whiplash can result from sports injuries, slip and fall accidents, and more. Here are some of the common symptoms of whiplash:
- Neck pain
- Decreased range-of-motion in the neck
- Tingling or numbness
Before you can begin to treat whiplash pain, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis from your physician. Neck pain is a common symptom and may indicate a wide variety of conditions or injuries. You need to be sure you know what’s causing your pain before you start down the path of treatment. To diagnose whiplash, your doctor will perform a physical examination and may order some diagnostic imaging tests (x-rays, CT scans, etc.) to narrow down a diagnosis. Once you have an accurate diagnosis you can talk with your doctor about treatment. Typically, whiplash can be effectively treated with conservative pain management methods like rest, over-the-counter pain meds, physical therapy, and bracing. If these methods do not resolve pain, other options (injections, surgery, etc.) may be recommended. Each patient’s situation is different and should be treated as such.
Minnesota Chronic Pain Doctors
If you are experiencing whiplash pain after an accident, seek medical help for your pain as soon as possible. Dr. Morales has been treating patients for acute and chronic pain conditions for many years and has the skills to treat you pain effectively. At Central Medical Clinic we work one-on-one with each patient we treat to provide individualized care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our St. Paul pain management clinic.