Whiplash

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What is it?

Whiplash

Whiplash is caused by traumatic injury to the neck. It is caused by uncontrolled motion of the neck. Most whiplash injuries result from motor vehicle accidents that cause sudden acceleration or deceleration. Many whiplash injuries occur when you are involved in a rear-end automobile collision.

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Symptoms

The most common symptoms of whiplash:

  • Neck pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Shoulder pain
  • Low back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry vision
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Headaches

The symptoms of whiplash may look like other conditions and medical problems. Visit our experts at Interventional Pain Doctors for a proper diagnosis.

Diagnosis

How is whiplash diagnosed? Along with a complete medical history and physical exam, tests for whiplash may include the following:

  • X-ray (However, many whiplash injuries include damage to soft tissue and can't be seen on X-rays)
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • CT (Computed Tomography) scan. CT scans are more detailed than general X-rays.

This is a common neck injury. It happens when your neck jerks back and forth quickly and violently. Your spine bends past its normal range of motion. This can injure the vertebrae of your cervical spine. It can damage the supporting ligaments and muscles in your neck.

Whiplash

This is a common neck injury. It happens when your neck jerks back and forth quickly and violently. Your spine bends past its normal range of motion. This can injure the vertebrae of your cervical spine. It can damage the supporting ligaments and muscles in your neck.


Post-Whiplash Headache

This is a chronic headache. It can develop after a whiplash injury (a violent back-and-forth jerking of the neck).


PRP Therapy for Whiplash

If you have whiplash, platelet rich plasma therapy may help. It uses parts of your own blood to help your body heal itself. PRP can help your neck feel better and work better.

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