More than 3 million new cases of whiplash occur every year, and over 50% of those new cases lead to chronic symptoms. If you’ve suffered any sort of physical trauma to your head or neck and are experiencing persistent neck pain, you might have whiplash. The team of esteemed doctors and pain management specialists at Allpria Healthcare in Aurora, Colorado, has extensive experience treating and rehabilitating patients with whiplash. Call or book an appointment online today and free yourself from your whiplash pain.
Whiplash is a type of neck strain that happens when your head suddenly jerks back and forth, named so because the motion is like the cracking of a whip. The rapid movement of your head stretches the soft tissues of your neck beyond their normal limit, causing the muscles and tendons to tear.
Whiplash occurs most frequently during rear-end car collisions, but anything that causes your head to suddenly move backward and then forward can lead to whiplash, such as:
If you’ve experienced any of these injuries and are feeling a persistent pain in your neck, you might be suffering from whiplash.
The symptoms of whiplash typically appear within 24 hours of the inciting incident, but sometimes they can progress slowly, taking a few days to present themselves. If you’ve been in an accident that you think has left you susceptible to whiplash, it’s important to be aware of any physical changes that develop in your body in the weeks after the accident.
Symptoms can last for several weeks, and most commonly include:
Some of the less common and more serious symptoms of whiplash are:
If the symptoms spread to your shoulders or arms, or if you begin to experience weakness or numbness in your arms, see a doctor immediately.
The treatments for whiplash depend on the severity of the condition. Some people can find relief with over-the-counter pain medications, while others may need more advanced solutions.
Physical therapy is typically prescribed in order to restore strength and flexibility to your neck, and to protect the muscles from further strain. Certain medications and injections can also be utilized to reduce pain, such as lidocaine.
The caring team of providers at Allpria Healthcare can help you find relief from whiplash pain. Schedule an appointment today by calling the office or booking online, and begin your journey toward recovery.