Whiplash & Neck Pain
Whiplash describes neck pain that occurs as a result of an auto accident. This happens when the head is accelerated and decelerated quickly, causing trauma to the neck. Whiplash is the result from almost any auto accident, including on a motorcycle, a car, a go-kart, and even a golf cart.
Speed can also be a factor in whiplash and neck pain injuries. The speed that the cars were traveling at the moment of the auto accident will determine the amount of pressure that the neck will absorb, but this may not be reflected in the amount of physical damage done to the cars. In fact, even at a speed as low as 5 miles per hour, the accident may create enough pressure in the neck to cause whiplash.
What Can Cause Whiplash & Neck Pain?
Whiplash happens when a person's head is jolted forward and/or backward, and the muscles in the neck are stretched to absorb the majority of the pressure. This abnormal motion and force of the head on the muscles and tissues in the neck makes it very difficult and painful to move the neck days, weeks, even months or years after an auto accident. Pain in the neck can also be related to a more severe condition of the cervical spine and neck muscles, ligaments, and soft tissues. Typically, many of these symptoms are treated with medications like painkillers and anti-inflammatories. That may be part of your treatment here, but we will get you back to pre-accident status with therapy as well, so you heal correctly.
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