Whiplash, although not technically a medical term, can manifest painful symptoms, usually as a result of neck damage or injury. We call it whiplash because, in an injury, your neck actually can whip back and forth—first backward (hyperextension) and then forward (hyperflexion). Doctors call whiplash a neck sprain or strain. Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues of upper back and your neck occurring when ligaments and your muscles get overstretched from the force of a collision.
What are the Causes of Whiplash?
The most common reason for whiplash is car accidents. Nevertheless, you can even get whiplash from a fall or a sports injury. It is also possible to get whiplash when you’re punched or shaken.
Non-Surgical Treatment for Whiplash
Time is among the greatest non surgical treatment choices for whiplash. Most cases of whiplash heal by themselves to a couple months in several weeks. Your physician may also suggest: wearing a cervical collar, cervical traction, chiropractic adjustment, physical therapy, and pain medicine, as you heal.
Is Surgery Necessary for Whiplash
Patients with whiplash very, very rarely need surgery. If, nevertheless, you’ve been through wide-ranging non-surgical treatments and also you still have pain, you might consider operation. There are several types of operation used for whiplash
Corpectomy: Sometimes whiplash induces the spinal canal to narrow because of how a soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, and tendons) and bones moved during the initial injury. By removing part of the vertebra and the intervertebral disc using a corpectomy, the surgeon is striving to make more room.
Discectomy: The surgeon will remove section of the intervertebral disc, which may be pressing on your own spinal cord or alternative nerves and causing pain. Sometimes, the surgeon will have to execute a spinal fusion at exactly the same time as the discectomy. The fusion plans to permanently stabilize that region of your back, but not everyone who has a discectomy will desire a fusion.
Foraminotomy: As with a corpectomy, a surgeon uses a foraminotomy to make more room for your own nerves that’ll have gotten compressed and pinched throughout the harm. In this process, the foramina (the area where the nerve roots leave the spinal canal) is removed to boost the size of the nerve pathway.
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By Dr. Alex Jimenez
Additional Topics: Neck Pain and Auto Injury
After being involved in an automobile accident, the sheer force of the impact can often cause whiplash, a common type of neck injury resulting from the sudden, back-and-forth motion of the head against the body due to a car wreck, or other incident. Because of this, many of the complex structures found within the neck, including the spine, ligaments and muscles, can be stretched beyond their normal range, causing injury and painful symptoms.