Whiplash is a relatively common neck injury that occurs due to sudden back-and-forth motion, reminiscent of a cracking whip. The snapping motion causes injury to the bones, muscles, tendons and nerves around the spine.
As a result, patients may experience immediate symptoms that can last for years. However, receiving medical treatment for whiplash can help patients recover faster.
The Desert Institute for Spine Care (DISC) has talented doctors who treat whiplash in Arizona. Visit our offices in Phoenix, East Valley, Scottsdale or West Valley for whiplash diagnosis and treatment.
Whiplash can occur in any scenario involving sudden, violent head and neck motion. The most common causes of whiplash are:
Various symptoms are associated with whiplash. These symptoms may onset immediately after the incident or in the following days. The symptoms often worsen or last longer when the incident occurs at higher speeds.
Keep in mind that an incident causing whiplash can also result in a concussion.
Here are some of the most common symptoms associated with whiplash:
The following whiplash symptoms are possible but occur less frequently:
In many cases, the symptoms from a whiplash injury will fade with rest and time. Additional treatment can lessen the symptoms and help patients recover faster. Additionally, some more serious injuries may require professional treatment to heal. DISC offers whiplash treatment from medical experts in regions throughout Arizona.
Treating whiplash begins with a diagnostic appointment. Diagnosing whiplash can be difficult, as the condition more often involves injury to the muscular tissue than bones in and around the neck. Medical experts use a few different methods to look for damaged tissue indicative of whiplash:
There are various spine treatments medical practitioners can use when treating whiplash. Factors like the injury’s severity, the patient’s age and tolerance for certain medications will influence the treatment the doctor recommends.
Many doctors will suggest self-care methods such as rest, heat and cold or over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen to resolve whiplash symptoms. Other approaches like neck stability collars, physical therapy routines and osteopathic manipulation can expedite recovery.
Surgery may be on the table if other treatments fail, a simultaneous injury occurs or the patient is at risk for other spinal complications:
If you’re experiencing neck pain after an automobile accident, sports injury or other sudden trauma, consult with a dependable whiplash injury doctor in your area. You can find a doctor who treats whiplash in Arizona at any DISC location. We prioritize minimally invasive treatments that get patients back to their normal lives fast. Schedule a consultation today to get started!