Whiplash Injury: Orthopedic Treatment In Flower Mound

by Administrator 24. March 2017 03:17

Whiplash is a common injury caused when the neck is forcefully pushed in a particular direction. This sudden force stretches and tears the soft tissues (muscles and tendons) in the neck leading to immense pain. Sportspersons involved in playing contact sports are usually affected by Whiplash.

Risk Factors –

  • Women are more prone to have this injury
  • People suffering from a congenital spinal problem
  • Not wearing while driving seatbelts
  • The car has badly fitted head restraints

Causes

  • A motor vehicle collision that gives a sudden jerk to the head
  • Contact sports that include tackling such as football, basketball, boxing etc.
  • Horse-riding
  • Blow to the head with a heavy object

Symptoms –

  • Affliction and tenderness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Difficulty in rotating the neck
  • Headache at the base of skull that radiates towards forehead
  • Feeling fatigued and dizzy
  • Back and shoulder pain
  • Ringing sound in the ears
  • Blurred vision and nausea
  • Inability to sleep
  • Numbness or tingling

Diagnosis - 

In order to diagnose a Whiplash, the orthopedic doctor may examine patient’s neck to see its range of motion and evaluate the damage caused to the ligaments. He may also ask patients to get imaging tests of the cervical spine, like X-ray, CT scan or MRI scan.

Treatment -

  • In most of the cases, the doctor recommends use of conventional methods to treat the condition. This include –
  • To reduce pain and swelling, the patient may be advised to apply ice packs after every 3 to 4 hours at the injured area.
  • Certain painkillers and anti-inflammatory medicine may be prescribed by the doctor to reduce affliction.
  • The doctor may suggest the patient to use a firm pillow to support the neck while sleeping.
  • In severe cases, other treatment options such as ultrasound or massage therapy may be suggested.

Prevention Tips –

  • Avoid sitting or lying down for prolonged periods.
  • Do not try to overstretch the injured neck
  • Maintain a good posture while sitting
  • Do not make excessive use of neck collars or braces
  • Preform muscle strengthening exercises
  • Wear proper sports equipment

For comprehensive treatment of Whiplash, visit Dr. Kulwicki. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Flower Mound, call at (972) 899 – 4679.

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