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Whiplash


Just like its name, whiplash injuries happen when your body is forced forward then pulled back rapidly, much like the cracking of a whip. This is when you are impacted forcefully in a car collision, slip and fall injury, or sports accident. It can also happen when someone is roughly shaking you in a harmful way. The neck is the main area injured by whiplash because it is forced to bend in a way that harms the muscles, nerves, discs, and tendons. If you’ve experienced whiplash, you should get medical advice on how to fix this injury. Call Icon Medical Centers now for more information.

After being injured and harmed by another, you may be looking for researching injury clinics or a medical professional with years of experience helping patients injured in auto accidents or athletic injuries. Fortunately, in South Florida, two clinics are available to residents in Miami Dade County and Broward County who need absolutely phenomenal treatment and pain management. Icon Medical Centers, LLC is an awesome group that is well-respected in South Florida. After your car accident, when you need an accident doctor who has years of experience providing chiropractic care or physical therapy and is trusted among personal injury lawyers, then call us in Miami at (305) 858-8845 or in Hollywood at (954) 987-8400​.

What Are Some Symptoms of Whiplash?

When you get a whiplash injury, you may notice that the pain in your neck gets worse with movement. You can also feel neck pain and stiffness in the entire neck region. It can be difficult for you to move your head around, and you may lose the range of motion in your neck. You may also feel tenderness and swelling extending past the neck. For example, you can feel pain in the shoulders, upper back, and down your arms. The nerves in your arms may be affected, as you may feel numbness and tingling. Other symptoms can include dizziness and fatigue. Headaches are also common in whiplash injuries. After your whiplash injury, you may experience difficulty concentrating, irritability, sleep disturbances, tinnitus, blurred vision, memory problems, and even depression.

Pain in the Arms

After getting a whiplash injury, you may notice that your arms, hands, and fingers are affected. The weakness of limbs or appendages happens when the neck’s spinal nerve roots are wounded. The spinal nerve roots can become compressed after a whiplash, and you can experience cervical radiculopathy symptoms such as numbness and tingling down the shoulder all the way to your hands. Cervical radiculopathy is often felt on one side but can happen if more than one nerve root is damaged. You may have pain in your upper back and shoulders due to torn muscles and ligaments after the whiplash injury. Sometimes the back muscles, in addition to the neck’s soft tissues, are damaged as well.

Limited Range of Motion

Whiplash can result in long-term disability and create chronic symptoms. For example, there may be severe pain after a whiplash injury that causes you to be unable to move your head around fully. You may also have stiff shoulders or arms due to muscle cramps and soreness, making it painful to move your head and arms. Injuries can last for a lifetime, decreasing quality of life and making you fatigued. Neck pain can also make it difficult to perform delicate tasks, as hands can be numbed or trembling due to a severe whiplash injury.

Severe Neck Pain

Severe neck pain can come from the straining of neck muscles. When neck muscles are forced to stretch too far after your head jerks forward and back too quickly, this can tear the tissues and tendons in the area. Neck pain can be caused by neck sprains and strains. For example, neck strains can sometimes result in a concussion, as the blow can cause the brain to get bruised when it impacts the skull during a whiplash event. You may feel throbbing pain after a neck strain, where the soreness stretches down your upper back. Neck sprains happen when the ligaments or muscles in the neck are stretched too far. It often takes four to six weeks for a neck sprain to go away.

How Do I Treat Whiplash Injuries?

Depending on the severity of the accident, you may have to get surgery, or you may simply need to rest. Your lifestyle may change, and you may have to abstain from normal workout routines or other rigorous exercises. You also will have to sleep on your side or back while you recover from a neck injury. Physical therapy can help you recover movement in your arms if you have nerve damage. Massage therapists can work on the muscle tissues in your neck, improving circulation and helping you to heal faster. A chiropractor can work on the cervical bones in your neck to ease the tension of a whiplash injury.

After being injured and harmed by another, you may be looking for researching injury clinics or a medical professional with years of experience helping patients injured in auto accidents or athletic injuries. Fortunately, in South Florida, two clinics are available to residents in Miami Dade County and Broward County who need absolutely phenomenal treatment and pain management. Icon Medical Centers, LLC is an awesome group that is well-respected in South Florida. After your car accident, when you need an accident doctor who has years of experience providing chiropractic care or physical therapy and is trusted among personal injury lawyers, then call us in Miami at (305) 858-8845 or in Hollywood at (954) 987-8400​.

After I’ve Been Through a Whiplash Accident, What Happens Now?

If you believe you have a whiplash injury, it is time for you to get a medical consultation with your doctor to learn about your options. You may only need ice packs and pain medicine for your injury, but you may require additional treatment if your doctor sees more on your imaging scan. You can call Icon Medical Centers for more information.

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