Whiplash is a common neck injury, often associated with auto accidents, especially rear-end accidents. However, this neck injury can happen any time your neck is suddenly thrust backward and then forward again, causing injury the muscles and ligaments in the neck. It can occur after a fall, a sports injury or other types of trauma. Often the symptoms may not appear for at least 24-hours after the accident and may include:
- Stiff, painful neck area
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
Most forms of whiplash are treated easily at home. Ice, over-the-counter medications and rest are the best remedies for mild forms of whiplash. Most people recover in as little as a few days to a few weeks. However, there are more serious levels of whiplash that may require more advanced medical treatment.
For those that have more severe neck pain or lack of motion in their neck area after a whiplash injury, they may need additional treatment. After seeing a physician and following the recommended treatment, if there are still symptoms after a week or more, a more comprehensive approach may be needed for treatment. Physical therapy is one option, along with chiropractic care. Another option is to see an orthopedic specialist to determine if there are any major injuries to your spine, including disc, vertebrae, soft tissue and muscoloskeletal issues.
Whiplash should always be taken seriously and treated by a medical professional. While most instances of whiplash can quickly heal with rest and home care, it is possible that there is serious damage to the components within the neck. Seek medical attention whenever you or a loved one has the symptoms of whiplash.
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Ortho Sport and Spine Physicians
5730 Glenridge Drive Northeast #230
Atlanta, GA 30328
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