An injury that is commonly reported in motor vehicle accidents is whiplash. This injury occurs when the body is forced quickly in a forward motion and then jolted backward, similar to when a roller coaster comes to a halt.
However, when in an accident, the head is often jolted in such a way which can cause injury to the neck and spine. Unfortunately, in some cases of whiplash which were a direct result of rear end collisions, chronic pain can develop into debilitating chronic conditions.
Following an accident, symptoms of whiplash usually present within the first few days. Headaches, pain in the neck, back and between the shoulder blades are some tell-tale signs that you may be a victim of whiplash. Symptoms such as numbness or even dizziness may also be present as well as blurred vision so it is best to seek medical care when these symptoms surface to rule out any other condition.
How To Treat Whiplash
Before it was thought that immobilizing the neck due to whiplash was the best way to prevent any further damage but research and studies have shown that immobilizing with the use of a cervical collar is only best for short term use as slight movement is what will provide the injury with the best treatment approach. Pain medications may also be prescribed to manage the pain and help with movement. Exercises should be worked in slowly and heat and ice can be used to help with the pain and or swelling. Massage therapy is also another effective treatment option that patients have found beneficial as well.
If you have suffered whiplash and are suffering from residual pain, contact our orthopedics team for more information on whiplash treatment in Atlanta and find out how we can help you today! Call us at (404) 855-2141 to schedule a consultation!