Whiplash After a Motor Vehicle Collision

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries associated with a motor vehicle collision. It typically occurs when the vehicle comes to an abrupt stop, causing the neck to “whip” back and forth rapidly, resulting in injuries to the muscles and tendons of the neck. Although whiplash is a relatively mild condition, it can cause long term pain and discomfort to many individuals. At Advanced Pain Management Center, we offer a treatment called radiofrequency ablation to help treat the pain associated with whiplash.

How do I know I might have whiplash?

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle collision it is important to keep an eye out for certain symptoms within the first 24 hours of the incident.

Common Symptoms:

When to see a doctor

You should immediately contact your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation utilizes heat generated by radio waves to target specific nerves and temporarily disable their ability to transmit pain signals. The radio waves are delivered through needles inserted through the skin near the painful area. Dr. Fiks uses imaging scans to ensure proper positioning of the needles. The goal of this procedure is to drastically reduce chronic pain that has not improved with medications or physical therapy, and when surgery isn’t a option.

What to expect

Radiofrequency ablation is an outpatient procedure, meaning you will be able to go home later that same day. An IV will be placed into your arm or hand and will deliver medication to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Numbing medication will be injection into the skin before the radiofrequency needles are inserted. Dr. Fiks uses a fluoroscope to guide the needles to the precise area, ensuring that only the targeted nerve tissue is treated.

It is common to experience some soreness in the area where the needles were inserted, this typically goes away within 2 days. If you have whiplash symptoms radiofrequency ablation may be able to help you. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Advanced Pain Management Center

Author
Vladimir Fiks, MD Medical Director Advanced Pain Management Center and Cedar Hills Surgery Center

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