Injured in a car accident?
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Neck pain after an automobile accident is a commonly reported injury. Whiplash, also referred to as a neck sprain or a neck strain, happens when damage occurs in the soft tissue in the neck. Even minor accidents that occur at relatively slow speeds can be the cause of significant neck pain where a person has experienced whiplash.
In the medical community, whiplash is known as “cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD) syndrome.” When whiplash occurs, a person’s neck and head are rapidly and suddenly thrust backward and forward causing the portion of the spine located just underneath the head, in the upper region of the back, to experience stress.
In an automobile accident, whiplash occurs when the following events happen:
Whiplash causes symptoms like neck pain and upper back pain which must be treated immediately despite the fact that these symptoms may not develop for days, weeks or even months later. Not all individuals experience the same effects of whiplash, which can vary from minor discomfort to the following:
Whiplash is diagnosed by a doctor and should be treated immediately. CT scans or MRIs may be ordered to determine whether a person sustained a herniated disc or a serious ligament injury. Likewise, X-rays may be ordered to diagnose bone fractures. However, CT scans and MRIs are better at identifying soft tissue injuries than a simple X-ray.
Whiplash injuries can be treated using the following methods:
If you or a loved one suffer from any symptoms associated with neck pain after an automobile accident, West Coast Wellness can help. Our team of orthopedic surgeons, interventional pain management doctors and therapists have been helping people eliminate pain and regain their life and health since 1984.