Your neck is made up of seven bones stacked on top of each other with a shock-absorbing disc between each level. Your neck is relatively flexible, so it relies on your muscles and ligaments for support. “Whiplash” describes what happens when the soft tissues are stretched too hard or too far, much like a rope that frays when it is stretched beyond it’s capacity. Auto accidents are the leading cause of whiplash. Up to 83% of people involved in an accident will suffer a whiplash injury. Patients who are struck from behind in a rear-end collision generally suffer the most injury. Being struck by a larger or heavier vehicle also increases your risk. Those who have preexisting arthritis are more likely to develop complaints.
Symptoms may begin abruptly or have a delayed onset. Ongoing complaints often include dull neck pain that becomes sharper when you move your head. The pain is often centered in the back of your neck but can spread to your shoulders or between your shoulder blades. Tension headaches commonly accompany neck injuries. Dizziness and TMJ problems are possible. Symptoms may increase over time.
How We Can Help:
Getting you back to normal as soon as possible is our number one goal. To do that, we will likely recommend one or more of the following:
- Joint manipulation to gently restore movement to your neck.
- Therapy modalities to ease your muscle tightness, pain and swelling.
- Myofascial release to improve circulation and relieve pain.
- Therapeutic stretching to increase flexibility and ease pain.
Our office treats neck pain from whiplash and many other causes. If you or someone you know are experiencing these symptoms, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.