What is Whiplash Syndrome?
Whiplash Syndrome is an injury to the cervical, or neck, region of the spine that is caused by a rapid forward and backward motion to the neck. These rapid motions cause the neck to move well beyond its normal range of motion and may affect ligaments, muscles, vertebrae, facet joints, discs, and nerves. Typically, this condition occurs after a car accident, but can also occur from contact sports or other physical trauma.
Whiplash Syndrome Symptoms
There are many symptoms that arise from Whiplash, and these symptoms usually take effect within the first 24 hours after the initial event:
- Neck pain or stiffness
- Decreased range of motion
- Neck Spasms
- Ringing of the ears
- Sleep disturbances
Treatment for Whiplash Syndrome
To receive treatment from your Whiplash injury, visit our main Pensacola office or our Motor Vehicle Accident center. Our physicians will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your individual situation after a thorough diagnosis.
Options to help alleviate the pain in the initial 24 hours are to apply ice to the injury but should be applied no greater than 20 minutes to the skin. Early movement with gentle exercise, as opposed to immobilization, will reduce your time of recovery as well.