Pain in the Neck? Whiplash Symptoms and Treatment

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Crack that whip! That’s a similar movement to what causes whiplash, hence the name. When the neck moves forcefully in a back and forth motion it can cause complications leading to severe or chronic neck pain. This can be a result of an automobile accident, sports injury, being too physical, or other trauma.

Whiplash Symptoms

Symptoms will usually occur within 24 hours of the accident and may include:

  • Loss of range of motion on the neck
  • Severe headaches starting at the base of the skull
  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Worsening of the pain or movement
  • Tingling
  • Dizziness
  • Tenderness in shoulder, upper back or arms
  • Fatigue

Less common symptoms could consist of:

  • Blurred vision
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Memory problems

Treatment

Treating whiplash symptoms will depend on the severity of the injury. Over the counter medication will be prescribed if you are treating within the first few hours. Pay close attention to how you are feeling and your pain levels. If the pain persists and gets worse over the next couple months then seeing a doctor is necessary. A Pain Management doctor can help you manage your pain with medication if needed.

Injections such as Lidocaine may be administered, which will numb the sore area. Muscle relaxers may also be prescribed to stop spasms. Most common treatments are ice or heat, ultrasounds, or other manual therapies. Neck and back exercises might also temporarily relieve pain.

If after several months your Whiplash symptoms have not subsided then you are experiencing complications and need to contact a medical professional immediately. If you are having tingling or weakness through your extremities then you need to contact a medical professional immediately. The doctors at IMS Pain Management are trained and highly experienced in treating whiplash and the pain associated with this injury. If you think you are suffering from this condition schedule an appointment today.

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