WHIPLASH IS A SERIOUS NECK INJURY THAT DEVELOPS WHEN YOUR HEAD IS FORCEFULLY THROWN BACKWARD AND FORWARD, DAMAGING VARIOUS STRUCTURES WITHIN THE NECK, INCLUDING THE BONES, LIGAMENTS, MUSCLES AND OTHER TISSUES.
WHAT CAUSES WHIPLASH?
Whiplash can occur whenever the muscles and ligaments in your neck are strained due to an aggressive back-and-forth movement. This injury is most likely to occur in the following circumstances:
At the Orthohealing Center, we treat many athletes who sustain whiplash injuries while playing sports, usually after a collision or tackle. This injury is especially common in sports like football, karate and boxing.
Auto accidents are an extremely common cause of whiplash among our Los Angeles patients. Those most at risk are involved in collisions in which a stopped motor vehicle is struck from behind.
A whiplash injury can also occur during a violent physical assault. Sustaining a punch to the face or being shaken can seriously injure the neck in some cases.
PREMIER TREATMENT FOR YOUR WHIPLASH INJURY
In treating whiplash for our Los Angeles patients, our goal is to reduce pain and restore your normal range of motion. For minor whiplash injuries, this can be accomplished with rest and over-the-counter pain relievers as the area heals itself. However, more substantial injuries may require a more proactive approach.
The reality is that the damage following a whiplash injury can be extensive. If the ligaments were simply stretched too far or the joint itself is damaged, the neck may not be able to heal on its own, resulting in chronic pain and long-lasting symptoms. When this occurs, we may recommend image guided trigger point injections into painful muscles, or biologic therapies.
Disclaimer: Our healthcare practitioners use products and perform therapies cleared for general use by the United States Food and Drug Administration, but specific indications for treatment have not be evaluated and reviewed by the FDA. You are encouraged to consult with your primary care physician prior to undergoing a cell therapy.