Whiplash is a non-medical term commonly used to refer to a neck injury caused by sudden trauma that forces the neck to bend forward, then immediately snap backward (similar to the cracking of a whip). This type of injury frequently occurs in automobile accidents—most notably, rear-end collisions—but it can result from any extreme acceleration-deceleration forces applied to the cervical spine. Some examples include falls, contact sports, and rollercoaster rides.
Could You Have Whiplash?
A telltale symptom of whiplash is severe pain in the neck and shoulder region that develops after neck trauma. The pain may be accompanied by:
- A stiff neck
- Reduced range of motion in the neck
- Numbness and tingling sensations
- Blurred vision
If you develop whiplash symptoms after sustaining a neck injury, turn to the team of board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Thermopolis, Wyoming. We can help you manage your discomfort as you recover, and also help you avoid complications, such as chronic neck pain.
How Is Whiplash Treated?
When you think of whiplash treatment, you might envision a neck collar or brace. Although this approach was commonly used in the past, most of today’s orthopedic specialists encourage early movement in favor of immobilization, which can allow the muscles that support the neck to weaken. In many cases, whiplash can be effectively treated with over-the-counter pain medications, hot and cold therapy, and a regimen of gentle neck stretches and exercises.
Premier Bone & Joint Centers has a satellite clinic conveniently located on Thermopolis, WY. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a neck doctor, who will evaluate your condition and get you started on the road to recovery.