What is a whiplash trauma?
If the head, following a shock, – most often during an accident – swings forward and back like a whip, ligaments connecting cervical vertebrae stretch suddenly. When cervical ligaments stretch significantly, there is also a sudden stretching of the nerves and blood vessels. This phenomenon is the so-called "lash". All injuries on the ligaments, blood vessels and muscles of the neck are included in the theme of this trauma.
Emergence of a whiplash trauma
This injury is most common to car accidents, when a sudden impact comes from behind, forcing the head back, then immediately swings to the front. Even if able to brace for impact, there can still be significant strain on the neck, but when caught off guard, there can be more serious injury.
- Neck pain and limited mobility of the head
- Often reduced sensitivity and pain that radiates to the arms
- Ringing in ears
Treatment of trauma
The main task is to immobilize the neck. Healing and strengthening stabilizer muscles can be helped through rehabilitation and physiotherapy, both of which Dr. Mohr, your Tampa chiropractor, can help walk you through. After trauma, the neck is very sensitive and should be treated carefully. Signs and symptoms can begin as soon as hours later, or even days later, so it’s always best to consult with an experienced doctor as soon as possible following a potential whiplash situation.
First, the doctor will learn more about the exact circumstances of the accident. Then, through a detailed examination will exclude the possibility of a fracture of the cervical vertebrae. By assessing your specific case, you and the doctor can work together to come up with a plan to not only relive pain and symptoms as soon as possible, but also strengthen the neck and surrounding areas to help with recovery. As with similar injuries, surgery is only needed in rare cases and should only be considered as a last resort in how to treat whiplash.