Is Whiplash a Medical Emergency?

When you go through a car accident or other high-speed, high-intensity physical trauma, the small bones of your neck and spine have to stand up to a lot of pressure. Fast, high-intensity changes in motion and direction can leave you suffering from whiplash in your neck and upper spine.

At Morris Medical Center, auto injury specialist Dr. Dareld R. Morris, II can diagnose and treat your whiplash symptoms. Here’s what he wants his new and existing patients from throughout the Fort Myers and LaBelle, Florida area to know about getting checked out and treated for whiplash.

Could you have whiplash?

You suffer from whiplash when some force makes your head move backward and then suddenly and intensely forward. Car accidents are a typical culprit for whiplash, but you could suffer from whiplash after a sports injury, or even as a result of an amusement park ride. Whiplash injuries can also result from incidents of domestic violence and abuse.

In a case of whiplash, the muscles and ligaments of your neck get temporarily stretched beyond the usual range of your motion. You might not see signs of whiplash for some time after the actual accident. Pay attention to your symptoms after an accident or physical trauma.

Symptoms of whiplash most commonly appear within 24 hours of the injury, but can continue over the next several days. Whiplash symptoms can last for weeks, and some patients have long-lingering pain following a whiplash injury. You could experience:

When should you seek medical care?

If you’ve been in a serious accident, you might receive emergency care at the scene, or be taken to an emergency room for care.

For many, whiplash is only a mild condition. However, if you start to notice symptoms like neck pain after your injury, you should get checked out as soon as possible. Get in touch with Morris Medical Center right away, or head to an urgent care facility for treatment.

When Dr. Morris examines you for whiplash, he also asks questions about the event that may have caused your symptoms. After checking your symptoms, range of motion in your head, neck, and arms, and ability to manage day-to-day tasks, Dr. Morris recommends treatment options to address your whiplash.

Treatments for whiplash aim to relieve your pain, restore your range of motion, and get you back to normal activities following your accident. You could benefit from medication for pain, rest, physical therapy, or devices like a foam collar to temporarily immobilize your neck.

With the right care, you can fully recover from your case of whiplash, with no lingering aches and pains. Get in touch with Dr. Morris at Morris Medical Center today. Book your appointment over the phone, or use the online tool now to schedule.

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