Whiplash pain is very hard to ignore. Some symptoms of a neck injury may include the following:
- Pain towards the base of the skull that runs upwards to the forehead
- Pain when moving your head back and forth or from side to side
- Tightness, pain, and loss of range of motion
- Muscles feel slightly knotted or even hard
Sometimes it can take many hours or even days before you start to notice your neck pain after an injury, while at times the strain can be immediate.
The force that causes neck pain can also sometimes cause a concussion as well. Because a concussion can be quite serious, you’ll need to seek medical attention immediately. If you feel extra sleepy, nauseous, confused, or dizzy, medical emergency care is necessary.
In order to diagnose a neck strain, your Atlanta orthopedist will do a complete examination on you. Also, you may require a CT (computed tomography) scan, X-rays, or other tests as well to eliminate any other issues.
According to neck injury doctors, whiplash is a serious strain on the neck and may result from any of the following:
A rear-end collision is the most common reason for neck strain.
Physical Contact Sports:
Tackles in football along with other sports-related impacts can sometimes cause neck strain injuries.
A neck strain injury could also result from occasions of getting violently punched or even shaken, which sometimes happens in young children and infants known as shaken baby syndrome.
Treatment for acute neck strain may involve taking pain medications including muscle relaxants, antidepressants or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. In some instances, your Atlanta orthopedist may suggest wearing a cervical collar until you are healed. Neck injury doctors will also recommend exercises, cervical tractions or physical therapy that utilizes your range of motion to treat whiplash. Applying supplemental heat may also treat muscle tension and soreness.
Atlanta orthopedist, V. K. Puppala, M.D., treats patients at his pain and spine clinic in Villa Rica, Georgia. Known for managing his patients and staff with the utmost respect, compassion and empathy, Dr. Puppala is genuinely concerned about the well-being of those around him. Taking a multidisciplinary approach to pain management in Atlanta, he incorporates several minimally invasive interventional methods including practical treatment and effective medication management to reduce pain and discomfort. Call 770-627-7246 or 770-MAP-PAIN today to schedule an appointment at one of Dr. Puppala’s Atlanta pain clinics.