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Neck Injury/Whiplash

About Neck Injury/Whiplash

You never realize how much you rely on a healthy neck until you get in an accident and lose the ability to turn your head or look up and down. Immediate care makes all the difference in ensuring a full recovery following a car accident where you think you may have had a whiplash injury, after a fall on your head or due to a sports injury. Take advantage of the nearest location of the Spine & Rehab Group, with offices in the Financial District, Greenwich Village and Midtown Manhattan, as well as in Bergen County, Morris County and Union County, New Jersey. Call as soon as you can after you’ve had any kind of neck injury.

Does Whiplash Cause Neck Problems?

Neck Injury Whiplash

The result of more cars on the road than ever before means the number of accidents has increased. The number of neck injuries has grown as well. The neck pain associated with whiplash can range from minor to significant. While whiplash often happens due to car accidents, it can also occur because of a fall or sports-related injury.

Whiplash creates a hyperextension of the cervical spine. It’s more common when a driver has a rear-end collision than in other types of crashes. This type of neck injury can damage both your upper and lower cervical spine. The seriousness of your symptoms depends on the velocity of the impact. The size of the car that hit you also plays a factor in your injury. Age-related disc degeneration in your neck can make this trauma to the spine even more severe.

Anytime you have an automobile accident, it creates stress. The capable team with the Spine & Rehab Group provides excellent treatment after a definitive diagnosis. Dr. Amr Hosny and his team of spine experts help reduce the stress in your neck by offering exceptional whiplash injury treatment.

What Are the Common Causes of Whiplash?

Interestingly, you don’t have to get rear-ended at a high rate of speed to get whiplash. It can occur even in minor fender-benders. Other factors that play a role in a whiplash injury may include:

  • The position of your car’s headrest
  • Flexibility of your car seat
  • Gender, as women tend to get get whiplash more often due to a smaller neck size
  • Pre-existing neck injuries
  • Incidents of low back pain
  • Earlier whiplash injury

Even if the accident seems inconsequential, get a checkup from your spine doctor as soon as possible. Seek whiplash treatment from a specialized neck injury doctor if you hear a crunching sound coming from your spine or if you’re experiencing pain. The longer you suffer, the likelihood of feeling discomfort for prolonged periods increases. Untreated, whiplash neck injuries can lead to serious consequences, including:

  • Neck stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Increased pain when you look over your shoulder
  • Impaired reflexes
  • Tenderness to the touch

What Are Some Examples of Whiplash Treatment?

Whiplash injury treatment takes into account many variables. Your neck injury doctor knows whiplash has both a physical and psychological impact. To meet your individual needs, your specialist records a thorough assessment and self-history. Your spine doctor confirms a diagnosis and the level of the injury with imaging tests. Additionally, you may need support for the psychological trauma you experienced to prevent consequences such as:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Prolonged anxiety about driving
  • Forgetfulness

Sometimes, the strain placed on your neck due to whiplash can cause a concussion. A concussion is dangerous and needs immediate medical attention. Signs you may have a concussion include:

  • Trouble keeping your balance when walking
  • Severe, persistent headache
  • Speech difficulties
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Unconsciousness

What Does Treatment for Whiplash of the Neck Consist Of?

Whiplash treatment to address the more common physical symptoms are very effective. Relying on an interventional approach, spine doctors at the Spine & Rehab Group may include a myriad of services in your treatment plan, such as:

  • A neck brace for a limited time to avoid muscle weakness
  • Physical therapy that includes stretching exercises, although how many and how often depends on your therapist’s expert guidance:
    • A back-and-forth head-rocking motion lowering your chin to your chest and skull towards your back
    • A side-to-side head tilt to bring your shoulder up to your ear on each side
    • While sitting, bringing your shoulders back towards your spine for a few seconds
    • Rolling your shoulders, first in one direction, and then in the other
  • Medications for pain management and inflammation reduction
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Cervical epidural steroid injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation, also called radiofrequency rhizotomy

Whether you experience neck pain from a car accident, fall, overuse, pulled muscle or sports injury, your spine doctor takes every measure to ensure your recovery and return to the full use of your neck. With multiple locations in New York City and northern New Jersey, the Spine & Rehab Group offer whiplash treatment in an office near you. Contact the nearest office today for an evaluation.

Page Updated on Nov 16, 2021 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of The Spine & Rehab Group
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