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An anatomical model of the cervical spine and neck
A whiplash occurs when the head and neck are thrown or “snapped” forward and backward quickly and without warning. This causes small tears in the ligaments and muscles of the neck, shoulders, and back. Even a minor auto accident can cause a whiplash, and it can take days or weeks before the symptoms become noticeable.

Symptoms of a Whiplash Injury

Common symptoms of a whiplash are sore neck, shoulders, and back with a limited range of motion. It may be hard to do normal, daily tasks because of the pain and tenderness in the affected areas. Some other potential symptoms are headaches, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, trouble sleeping, numbness, poor moods, stress, and dizziness.

Whiplash Diagnosis

When diagnosing a whiplash, our staff will ask what took place before the symptoms started, whether it was an automobile accident or some other sudden traumatic event. Whiplash symptoms can take days or weeks to occur after such an event.

The patient’s range of movement in the neck, shoulders, and back will be examined. Our staff will check for muscle weakness, spasms, and tenderness in the affected areas. The patient’s reflexes will be tested. The posture and spinal aligned will also be analyzed.

Imaging technology, such as x-rays or CT scans, may be needed to determine if there is bone, spinal, or other serious damage.

Treatments for Whiplash Injuries

Our doctors are very familiar with whiplash injuries and will develop a multidisciplinary approach to treat the symptoms. This may include:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy
  • Light exercise and stretches
  • Avoiding demanding activities and rest
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment
  • Heat and cold therapy
  • Class 4 laser therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory injections

Call Valley Physical Medicine in Fayetteville, NC today at (910) 240-3878 for your free consultation if you believe you may have a whiplash or have experienced personal injury.

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