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Treating whiplash and sprains from
automobile accidents

Every year, millions of Americans are involved in automobile accidents and suffer from some form of injury. Some injuries occur immediately and others build up in severity over time. Since some injuries don’t show symptoms until a few days after the accident, it’s important to let a medical professional examine you after an accident.

Automobile accidents can result in several different injuries. Two of the most common automobile accident injuries are whiplash and sprains.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a form of neck strain that is the result of the force from a sudden impact causing the head to jerk rapidly in one direction. This is a common injury in automobile accidents since most accidents involve a collision that causes this kind of force.

When your head rapidly jerks in one direction, the muscles and tendons in your neck stretch and tear. This is typically not a life-threatening condition, but it is painful and limits the mobility of your neck and head. It’s recommended that people who have experienced some form of collision receive immediate attention to identify and treat whiplash and other potential neck injuries.

Symptoms of whiplash may include:

  • Neck pain
  • Pain in the head and shoulders
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Loss of mobility in the neck
  • Tingling and numbness in the arms or shoulders

What are sprains?

Similar to a whiplash injury, sprains can result from the brunt of the impact forcing part of the body — particularly the torso — to lunge in one direction. When this happens, the ligaments in your back can stretch or tear, which is painful and limits your range of motion.

Back sprains limit your ability to complete daily activities and can put pressure on your spine that causes additional pain and other problems. Back sprains are typically not life-threatening, but treating them will greatly improve your quality of life.

Symptoms of back sprains include:

  • Pain, especially if it gets worse while moving
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle cramps

Treating whiplash and sprains at Florida Spine and Joint

Our team of healthcare providers at Florida Spine and Joint specializes in a variety of treatments for automobile accident injuries. Whether you require surgery or can get by with noninvasive treatment methods, we have you covered.

Contact us today to speak with one of our team members about your injury and to schedule an appointment.

Treating whiplash and sprains at
Florida Spine and Joint

Our team of healthcare providers at Florida Spine and Joint specializes in a variety of treatments for automobile accident injuries. Whether you require surgery or can get by with noninvasive treatment methods, we have you covered.

Contact us today to speak with one of our team members about your injury and to schedule an appointment.