The neck is vulnerable to injuries, as it is a narrow column of muscles, spine and tissue that supports the heavier head. If the head snaps quickly backward and then forward, the strain on the musculoskeletal system in the neck can occur. This is known as whiplash. Whiplash is a common injury in accidents, like car crashes and falls, causing damage to the neck that results in pain. Our doctors at Medici Spine & Pain help diagnose and treat whiplash syndrome at our clinics in Buckhead and Kennesaw, offering effective treatments to give you relief.
Symptoms of Whiplash
When whiplash occurs, the muscles and ligaments in the neck are stretched, and the cervical spine is put under extreme stress. The severe jerking motion can cause damage to the vertebrae, discs, soft tissue and nerves. It is not uncommon for a person to sustain whiplash, yet not have any symptoms immediately. The pain and other symptoms can begin as much as days after the injury, depending on the damage. Common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Stiffness and pain in the neck and shoulders
- Neck instability
- Limited neck motion
- Radiating pain, tingling and numbness into the shoulder and arm
Whiplash causes serious injuries and inflammation in the neck that can result in acute and chronic pain conditions. Undergoing treatment as soon as possible helps improve the healing process and lower the risk of chronic pain.
Treatments for whiplash depend on the injuries and symptoms of the patient. At Medici Spine & Pain, we design personalized, multidisciplinary treatment plans to manage pain and encourage quicker healing. Patients with whiplash syndrome may require physical therapy, myofascial release, injection therapy and other treatments to help with their recovery.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury, contact us at Medici Spine & Pain today. We accept many types of insurance, including injuries covered by vehicle or homeowner’s insurance. Call us to schedule your appointment for an injury evaluation.