Whiplash Treatment - Care for Whiplash Injury
Whiplash injuries…. They are painful, they are disabling and they can quickly change your life.
Here’s a scenario. You are driving down the road, going the speed limit and coming up on a stop light that just turned red. You push on the brake and your car comes to a full stop. You look in the rear view mirror and quickly see a car moving up fast from behind.
Before you can make a move….BAM! You are struck from behind.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a condition that occurs when the neck is quickly moved back and forth, injuring the structures in the neck and upper back area. In addition to the neck injuries, some also receive trauma to the head that may cause memory loss, change in mood, headaches and other symptoms.
When whiplash occurs, it causes the neck to snap in various directions. This can cause injuries to the structures of the neck, like the muscles, joints, and nerves in the area.
The forces can be so strong and can cause injuries ranging from mild to severe. The can then cause inflammation and swelling, sprains and strains and injury to the nerves in the region.
Sprains and Strains
When muscles, tendons and ligaments are pushed past their limits, small tears can occur within them. This not only causes pain, but also weakness and lack of motion in the area.
Often, the pain of whiplash doesn’t occur immediately, but instead begins 12-24 hours following the injury.
Intervertebral Disc Injuries
Due to the force of the impact, intervertebral discs can often become injured. They can swell, tear, or even herniate (the jelly-like inside oozes out). Disc injuries can often lead to further problems and can even cause disability.
Nerves are plentiful in the neck area. They originate off of the cervical spine and extend throughout the neck, shoulders and into the arms and hands.
Nerves are very delicate and can be injured during whiplash events. They can be stretched, compressed and even damaged with a herniated disc.
How We Treat Whiplash Injuries
Treating whiplash injuries is not always easy. That’s why you want to be treated with someone with lots of experience. Fortunately, Dr Ungar has been practicing in the Canton OH area for over 28 years and has treated many whiplash injury cases.
Your treatment plan may consist of:
Our typical process involves:
- A thorough history about your injury and other factors
- A comprehensive examination
- Necessary diagnostics
- Diagnosis of condition
- Review of treatment plan
After this is completed, you can choose to continue with treatment, if that is right for you.
If we feel that we can help your problem and you decide to begin with a treatment plan, we will work with you to help resolve your problem. Call us at 330-493-0009
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