Every year more than 1 million people get whiplash, and while it typically comes from an automobile accident, any sudden movement that jerks your head back and forth can cause it. At Arkansas Regenerative Medical Centers in Fayetteville, Arkansas, David Harshfield, MD, MS, offers expert diagnosis and treatment for whiplash to relieve your pain and reduce your risk of long-lasting symptoms. If you think you have whiplash, call the practice today or make an appointment online for expert treatment.
Whiplash is a common neck injury that most often occurs during automobile accidents. Any force that causes your head to jerk back and forth suddenly, however, can strain or tear your neck muscles.
Whiplash can cause several painful and disruptive symptoms including:
Whiplash, and other injuries sustained in automobile accidents, aren’t always immediately apparent. Following traumatic events such as auto accidents, your body is full of adrenaline, which can prevent you from feeling pain or other symptoms right away.
If you’ve been in a car accident, you should seek a medical assessment and treatment right away, as it could significantly reduce the amount of pain and other symptoms you experience later.
At Arkansas Regenerative Medical Centers, Dr. Harshfield diagnoses whiplash with a thorough physical evaluation. If necessary, he may also order diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs.
During your exam, Dr. Harshfield feels your neck for signs of inflammation and gently moves your head and neck to gauge any loss in range of motion and to see which movements cause pain. Dr. Harshfield looks for signs of tenderness in your head, neck, shoulders, and back, and he tests your reflexes and strength in your arms.
Dr. Harshfield treats whiplash with three goals:
Depending on your symptoms and the severity of your condition, Dr. Harshfield customizes a treatment plan to help you achieve these goals. He may prescribe muscle relaxers or muscle injections to support pain relief. Hot and cold therapy can reduce inflammation and relax your muscles.
You may also need to wear a neck brace to immobilize your neck while your muscles heal. Additionally, Dr. Harshfield may recommend that you have chiropractic treatments to restore the correct alignment of your spine.
As your body recovers from whiplash, Dr. Harshfield may also suggest physical therapy and gentle stretches and exercises to practice at home to restore your range of motion and reduce muscle tension and stiffness.
If you’ve been in an automobile accident or think you have otherwise developed whiplash, call Arkansas Regenerative Medical Centers today or schedule a consultation online.