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 muscles and tendons of the neck
What Treatment Options are Available for Whiplash
You are more likely to need treatment if you have severe pain from the beginning of the accident or you have neurological symptoms such as memory loss or shooting pain in the arms or fingers. Initially, your doctor may prescribe physical therapy to help alleviate symptoms and recondition the muscles. Other options may be gentle heat application, pain medications or neck collar. When these treatments are not completely effective very specific joint injections with steroid medication, nerve blocks and other interventions should be considered. Based on published evidence of high prevalence of cervical facet joint injury in whiplash this approach should be considered if neck pain symptoms persist for more than 2-3 mo after the accident. Commonly, it is a good idea to combine injections with physical therapy and/or neck adjusments even earlier because this combination can provide better improvement than each of these options used alone. Radiofrequency treatment of the facet joint nerves can be very helpful for treatment of persistent, chronic neck pain resulting from whiplash, the evidence for this treatment is well established and it is capable of delivering consistent and reproducilble results in majority of these cases. There is also an option of treatment with the stem cells ( autologous bone marrow concentrate) or platelet rich plasma. Therapy laser can also be considered and frequently would be most helpful in early stages in combination with other options.
At Advanced Pain Management Center we are able to provide all you need for evaluation and treatment of potential whiplash injury. We have physical therapy services and procedure facilities on site. We can also identify other options available and if necessary refer you to specialists outside of the clinic as needed. The treatments indicated for whiplash are considered to be fairly routine and are covered by most insurance plans. We invite you to call our office for evaluation and discussion of appropriate treatment.