Whiplash: What You Should Know

Whiplash is an injury suffered by an estimated three million Americans a year. Although a car accident is a common cause, whiplash may also occur from a sports injury, being punched or hit in the head, an amusement park ride, or from a bad fall. We will explore what you should know about whiplash.

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a neck strain or sprain caused by the whipping of your head forward and then backward with great force and speed. When your neck whips forward, it is called hyperflexion. The backward whipping of your neck is called hyperextension.

The neck fully supports your head which usually weighs about 8 pounds. The neck can move your head in a forward motion or backward motion of 90°, from side to side 180°, and can tilt 120° to each shoulder. The whiplash occurs when in your neck extends outside its normal range of motion causing the tendons, ligaments, and muscles to stretch and tear.

What are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

Symptoms may appear within 2 hours of impact, but it is not unusual for them to take days, weeks, or months to appear.

Pain in the neck or upper back is the main symptom of whiplash. Other symptoms which may appear are:

  • Neck, shoulder, and arm pain and stiffness
  • Neck pain that worsens when you move your neck
  • Numbing or tingling in your arms
  • Loss of range of motion in your neck
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • A headache at the base of the skull

Treatment for Whiplash

Most whiplash patients fully recover within three months of injury. Neck pain and headaches may persist for up to two years in 30 percent of patients.

Trigger point injections (TPI) have been found to be beneficial for treating acute pain. They treat muscles in the neck and back that contain trigger points or knots from the whiplash. Knots are formed when muscles don’t relax, and the nerves surrounding them are irritated. The injections may contain an anesthetic, saline, or a corticosteroid. The pain is eliminated by making the trigger point inactive.

If you are suffering from whiplash or pain from an injury, contact Back to Health Medical for Trigger Point Injections in Setauket. We provide one-on-one personalized service.

For a full diagnosis and the best treatment plan for your unique needs, call Back to Health Medical today at 516-219-8112 and book your first appointment.

For more information on Trigger Point Injections in Setauket or other treatments we provide, visit us at https://backtohealthmedicalpc.com/.

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