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Whiplash Syndrome

The neck balances the head on the body, which is wider and cumbersome. When a quick stop in motion occurs, the head can whip backward and forward, causing strain on the cervical spine and musculoskeletal system. Whiplash syndrome includes a wide variety of injuries that can occur in the neck during an impact accident, usually caused by an auto wreck, fall or sports injury. If you have back/neck pain after an impact accident, you may be suffering from whiplash and need treatment. Ospina Medical in NYC can offer treatment and pain relief from whiplash syndrome.

Symptoms of Whiplash

Whiplash syndrome is a combination of possible symptoms that can occur when the neck is strained from an impact injury. Tendons, muscles and ligaments can be stretched or torn, resulting in pain and inflammation. Symptoms often take a day or more to fully appear after an accident, and may include:

  • Acute neck pain
  • Stiffness and limited neck motion
  • Radiating pain, tingling or numbness into the shoulder, arm and hand
  • Headaches
  • Lack of neck stability

Whiplash syndrome may only last for a few weeks and requires conservative treatment. Rest and use of NSAIDs are often all that is needed for mild cases. However, more severe forms of whiplash can cause pain and functional issues with the neck for months and may require medical treatment for pain relief.

Treatments for Moderate to Severe Whiplash

The course of treatment for whiplash syndrome can vary from patient to patient. It depends on what type of injuries occur and if the nerves in the neck are impacted. Injection therapy to help relieve inflammation and improve healing is one of the options we may recommend at Ospina Medical. We personalize each patient’s treatment plan to address their symptoms and specific injuries.

If you have moderate to severe whiplash and need neck pain relief, come see us at Ospina Medical in Midtown Manhattan. We offer patient-focused care and effective opioid-sparing pain management options.