whiplash injury

What is a Whiplash Injury?

Whiplash Injury is a soft tissue injury to the muscles and ligaments in the back of your neck (cervical spine), frequently associated with (or caused by) low-velocity rear-end motor vehicle collisions.  The whiplash injury diagnosis is done by considering the patient history, symptoms and X-rays or MRI scan.

Whiplash Injury Symptoms

The most common symptoms of a whiplash injury include:

  • Pain in the back of your neck
  • Muscle spasm
  • Neck stiffness

The normal Cervical spine has a curve (called lordosis) in the shape of the letter “C.”  A Cervical Spine subjected to a Whiplash Injury frequently loses that normal “C” curvature.

Whiplash Injury Causes

  • The most common cause of whiplash injury is rear-end motor vehicle collision
  • Also, any sudden hyperextension movement of the neck, followed by hyperflexion

Whiplash Injury Treatment Options

This condition is normally treated non-surgically.  Intermittent use of a soft foam cervical collar, medication for pain and inflammation, and physical therapy exercises are all useful in diminishing pain and stiffness and regaining function. Furthermore, at Spine & Orthopedic Center, our spine and pain management board certified specialists can help all patients to live pain free. For appointments, call us at 888-409-8006.