Whiplash occurs when the neck is suddenly forced to move backward, then forward (or vice-versa) in a lightning-fast sequence that is similar to the cracking of a whip. The most common cause is a rear-end vehicle collision, although a whiplash injury can also occur during a sports-related collision. Excessive neck movement can damage the muscles, tendons, discs, or nerves in the cervical spine. In addition to pain and stiffness in the neck, the symptoms of whiplash can include dizziness, blurred vision, tinnitus, irritability, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and memory problems, as well as pain or numbness in the shoulders, arms, or hands.
In some cases, whiplash can be effectively treated at home, but severe or persistent symptoms may require more intensive medical care. If you think you might have a whiplash injury, you can turn to the trusted experts at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Since 1973, our team of board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic specialists has been providing comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for a full spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions. We can help you find relief from your neck pain so you can get back to the activities you enjoy.
We Treat Patients, Not Conditions
At Premier Bone & Joint Centers, we take a patient-first approach to orthopedic care. We will begin by gaining a thorough understanding of your unique condition and circumstances. Then, after we confirm your diagnosis, we will work with you to develop an effective treatment plan that meets your needs, which may include:
- Ice applications to reduce inflammation
- Heat applications to soothe taut muscles
- Pain relievers or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to alleviate discomfort
- A cervical collar to support and stabilize your neck as it heals
- Physical therapy to improve your posture, strengthen your muscles, and restore normal range of motion in your neck
If your whiplash symptoms are severe or persistent, we may also suggest chiropractic care, muscle relaxants, or injections.
If you have neck pain that you believe may be related to whiplash, contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today to make an appointment with a neck doctor at our satellite clinic in Cheyenne, WY. Our compassionate team is ready to guide you down the road to recovery.