If you have neck pain and/or recently sustained a whiplash injury, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Come to Premier Bone & Joint Centers. At our satellite clinic in Riverton, Wyoming, you can see a board-certified, fellowship-trained physician who will ensure that you receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment to help you recover quickly and fully.
What Is a Neck Sprain?
A neck sprain is a painful soft tissue injury that typically occurs when a ligament is overstretched and sustains small tears. Many neck sprains result from a sudden acceleration/deceleration that abruptly forces the head forward—stretching the neck ligaments beyond their normal range—then immediately causes the head to snap backward (a whiplash injury). Some common sources of the rapid back-and-forth movements that cause whiplash injuries include rear-end car accidents, amusement park rides, hard falls, and sports-related collisions.
Neck sprains can also develop without an obvious injury. For instance, a neck sprain can result from a bout of heavy lifting or the effects of sustained poor posture over time.
How Is a Neck Sprain Treated?
Usually, the symptoms of a neck sprain will begin to show improvement within a few weeks. In the meantime, the pain, inflammation, tension, and stiffness can often be managed with:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Ice applications within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, followed by moist heat applications
- Gentle stretches and exercises that target the neck to help restore range of motion
- Prescription muscle relaxants
To address severe or persistent neck sprain symptoms, an orthopedic specialist at Premier Bone & Joint Centers may suggest an anesthetic injection.
If you think you might have a neck sprain, contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today to request an appointment with an orthopedic specialist at our satellite clinic in Riverton, WY.