The muscles, tendons and ligaments in the neck can be put under extreme stress. When the body is jerked suddenly, the head can snap forward and backward. This “whipping” motion strains muscles, tendons and ligaments in the neck, causing the symptoms of whiplash syndrome. Auto accidents and falls are common causes of whiplash syndrome, a painful neck injury condition. Our spine experts at Hanowell Spine Clinic in Covington, GA, offer effective whiplash syndrome treatment to give our patients neck pain relief.
The neck is a vulnerable area of the spine, supporting the head, which is heavier and wider. When the body is suddenly stopped in a car wreck or fall, the head can continue to move. Whiplash syndrome is a combination of symptoms that can accompany a neck sprain/strain injury. In many cases, a victim of whiplash may not have severe symptoms immediately, but over the following days they may experience:
- Stiffness in the neck and shoulder area
- Pain in the neck, shoulders and arms
- Instability in the neck
- Radiating tingling, numbness or weakness through the shoulder, arm or hand
Multiple injuries to the neck can occur in a whiplash accident. Tendons, muscles and ligaments may be stretched or torn. This can result in inflammation that puts pressure on the nerves. While some victims of whiplash may recover over the following weeks with rest, others may have symptoms that last for months, even years.
Recovering from Neck Injuries
If you injure your neck in a fall or auto accident, come see us at Hanowell Spine Clinic. Beginning whiplash syndrome treatment immediately can help improve your prognosis for recovery. We can create a treatment plan to reduce pain and help minimize your symptoms. Treatments can include steroid injections, nerve blocks, physical therapy, myofascial release and other options. Contact our clinic to schedule an exam and consultation for whiplash syndrome treatment.