Whiplash Symptoms & Treatment
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a common condition associated with car accidents. The term “whiplash” is actually not a medical term, but is more commonly used to describe a wide range of neck injuries, including neck sprain and strain. Signs and symptoms of whiplash include:
Aching, pain, and stiffness in the neck
Numbness or a “pins and needles” feeling in the arms and hands
Back and shoulder pain
What causes whiplash?
The most common cause of whiplash is when a person is hit from the rear in a car accident and the head abruptly jerks forward. This sudden directional change of the spine can have very painful effects on the soft tissues in the neck.
How is whiplash diagnosed?
Generally, whiplash sufferers are first given x-rays to rule out any serious damage to the bones of the neck. From there, the doctor will decide if an MRI scan is needed to further diagnose the problem. Often, the doctor can get a diagnosis simply from taking down your symptoms and examining your neck and head.
How do you treat whiplash?
Depending on the severity of the injury, a patient may be given a cervical collar to wear around the neck to reduce mobility. However, in some instances, patients are encouraged to start doing simple neck exercises as soon as possible. Other whiplash treatments include:
What is the recovery time for whiplash?
In most cases, whiplash sufferers recover from their injuries after a few days of mild to moderate pain. Occasionally, severe cases of whiplash can result in pain that persists long after the initial accident and restricts movement of the head and neck.
Sall Myers Medical Associates is your one stop treatment facility and will provide for all your car accident or personal injury needs. We provide evaluations and treatments for all types of injuries throughout Northern New Jersey at our offices located in Elmwood Park, NJ, Fort Lee, NJ, Paterson NJ, New Brunswick, NJ, Irvington NJ, Union City, NJ, Parsippany, NJ, and Union, NJ.
In some instances, same day appointments are available upon request with evaluation and treatment reports available in 48 hours or less.
If you’ve been in a car accident in New Jersey and need treatment for whiplash, please call us at 866-609-4448 or fill out our contact form for a consultation.