Whiplash - A neck injury that can occur when the head suddenly moves backward and then forward.
This type of injury can occur, for example, during rear-end automobile collisions.
Injuries range from mild to severe. The main symptom is pain in the neck and shoulders.
Treatment typically begins with over-the-counter pain relievers and ice. If the pain persists, treatment can include physical therapy and prescription medications. In rare cases, injections into the neck may help.
See a doctor immediately if you
• Experience pain after trauma or injury
• Feel weakness in an arm or leg
• Have trouble walking
• Develop a high fever
• Make an appointment to see a doctor if you
• Have headache, numbness, or tingling
• Feel pain that lasts for several weeks
• Notice symptoms getting worse despite self-treatment
• Experience pain that radiates down one or both arms or legs
Pain in the neck and shoulder that varies in intensity, and may feel achy or like an electric shock from the neck to the arm.
Most people with whiplash, especially lower grades, can recover within days or a few weeks. More severe whiplash can take several weeks or even months to heal. Whiplash lasts longest when complications lead to chronic pain or inflammation in and around your spine.
Symptoms usually appear within 24 hours after the incident that caused the whiplash. Sometimes, symptoms may develop after a few days. They can last for several weeks.
Common symptoms include:
When you’re in pain, your quality of life decreases dramatically – and every aspect of your everyday life is impacted. Just because you have a condition that causes pain, it doesn’t mean you have to live with the pain day in and day out. The pain management specialists at the Minnesota Pain Institute in West Saint Paul, MN can help you get relief.
Most mild to moderate cases of whiplash can be treated at home using over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication, ice, and other remedies.
You should see a doctor after an auto crash or other injury event, or if you have the following symptoms:
• Pain or stiffness in the neck that goes away and then comes back
• Severe neck pain
• Pain, numbness, or tingling in your shoulders, arms, or legs
• Any issues with your bladder or bowels
• Localized weakness in an arm or leg