Whiplash: Orthopedic Treatment In Carrollton

by Administrator 26. October 2016 08:28

Whiplash is a condition in which neck strain occurs due to sudden movement or jerk to the head. As a result, the tendons and ligaments in the neck stretch and tear, causing pain. It may lead to prolonged period of partial disability, if not treated on time.

Causes:

  • Auto accidents: Rear-end collisions may lead to direct blow to the head resulting in neck injury.
  • Contact sports: Collisions caused while playing contact sports such as football, rugby or boxing can also affect the neck.
  • Other activities: Sudden jerk in the head during activities like horse riding or cycling can also injure the neck.

Symptoms:

  • Pain in the neck along with stiffness
  • Low range of motion 
  • Headaches (Specifically at the base of the skull)
  • Tingling or numbness in arms
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances

Diagnosis:

An orthopedic doctor may perform a physical examination of the neck to check the symptoms. An X-ray may be conducted to rule out fracture or any other injury. Other imaging tests such as CT scans and MRI may help to assess any damage or inflammation in the soft tissues, spinal cord or nerves.

Treatment:

  • RICE Therapy: The doctor may recommend RICE therapy to relieve pain and promote healing. The therapy includes rest, ice, compression and elevation of the affected area.
  • Medication: The doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medicines to combat pain.
  • Injection: For chronic and severe neck pain, cortisone injections may be administered by the doctor.
  • Orthotic Devices: Wearing a neck brace or foam collar may help to control the motion of the neck and provide stability.
  • Physical Therapy: Specific exercises as recommended by the doctor may help to build strength and flexibility in the neck. Practicing good posture may help in speedy recovery as it prevents neck muscles straining.

Recovery:

The recovery depends on the severity of Whiplash and varies from individual to individual. Most cases resolve in a few days while others may take several weeks or even longer.

For complete treatment of Whiplash, consult Dr. Guess in Carrollton, TX.  To schedule an appointment you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.

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