Whiplash: Frisco, TX
The spine specialists at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide surgical and non-surgical treatment for orthopedic conditions affecting the upper, middle and lower back. They specialize in diagnosing, assessing and managing neck injuries such as Whiplash.

Whiplash

Whiplash is an injury caused due to sudden forward or backward movement of the neck. The condition is common among drivers and passengers who are involved in rear-end collisions. In severe cases of Whiplash, the intervertebral joints, cervical muscles, discs nerve roots and ligaments may also get injured. Although Whiplash is a not a serious injury, It can lead to chronic disability if not diagnosed and treated in time.

Causes Of Whiplash

  • Abrupt forward or backward jerk
  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Direct blow to the head
  • Sports injury
  • Repetitive stress or chronic strain to the neck
  • Falls

Symptoms Of Whiplash

  • Neck pain
  • Stiffness and tenderness
  • Headache, specifically at the base of the skull
  • Reduced and panful neck movements
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Numbness and tingling sensation in the arms
  • Fatigue
  • Jaw pain
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Ringing sounds in the ear
  • Pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms

Diagnosis Of Whiplash

The spine specialist may perform a physical examination and ask the patient about his medical history. He may also recommend some imaging tests such as X-ray, MRI, etc. to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment For Whiplash

If Whiplash is mild and limited to the soft tissues, it may heal quickly. However, if the condition is severe and involves deep tissues, it may take weeks or even months to be treated. The spine surgeon may suggest one or more of the following treatment options:

  • Ice Packs: The patient may be advised to apply ice on the neck as it helps in reducing pain and swelling. It is essential to wrap the ice in a cloth or a towel to keep the skin protected.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Medications The spine specialist may also prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Injections: The surgeon may also inject a numbing medicine into the painful area to ease the symptoms of Whiplash.
  • Immobilization: Wearing a brace or collar may help by immobilizing the neck and providing support to the injured muscles. The patient should also refrain from activities that may strain or cause the neck to move abruptly.
  • Physiotherapy: It can greatly benefit by improving the condition of the neck and reducing pain. The stretching and strengthening exercises, performed under the guidance of a physical therapist, can help in restoring the mobility of the neck.

For comprehensive treatment of Whiplash and other spine conditions, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with our spine surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.