Whiplash

Irving Place Surgery & Wellness Center -  - Pain Management Physician

Irving Place Surgery & Wellness Center

Pain Management Physicians & Chiropractors located in Union Square, New York, NY & Financial District, New York, NY

Whiplash Specialist
Whiplash injuries can lead to chronic pain if not properly treated. Leading New York City chiropractor Dr. Brodsky of Irving Place Surgery & Wellness Center, located in the city’s Union Square area, is an expert in effectively treating whiplash.

Whiplash Q & A

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is the pain associated with an injury to the neck caused by an impact or blow jerking the head backward and forward quickly. This kind of injury is typically associated with car accidents and athletes who play contact sports like football. Whiplash is a neck strain, causing overstretching and tearing of the muscles and tendons in the neck. Those with whiplash will report pain, reduced range of motion, tightness of the muscles in and around the neck and headaches.

What is the Treatment for Whiplash?

If a person suffers an injury resulting in pain and symptoms associated with whiplash, he or she should see a doctor for assessment and diagnoses. In the first two to three days following the injury, ice should be applied for 20-30 minutes every three to four hours. Painkillers or anti-inflammatory medications can also be taken. Discuss what to take with your doctor, and if over the counter medicines like Ibuprofen or Aleve do not help, the doctor may prescribe a stronger pain medicine or a muscle relaxer. The doctor may also suggest a neck brace or collar for additional support. After the first few days, heat can be applied, but only after the initial swelling has decreased.

Will I Need Surgery?

It is unlikely that surgery will be necessary to address whiplash. Most cases take time and treatment for inflammation and pain while the muscles and tendons in the neck recover.  However, in rare circumstances, surgery might be necessary. The main kinds of surgery associated with whiplash include:

  • Corpectomy: If whiplash causes the spinal canal to narrow, the surgeon may remove part of the vertebra and the intervertebral disc to make more room for the spinal cord.
  • Discectomy: If the injury is putting too much pressure on the spinal cord, the surgeon may remove part of the intervertebral disc and perform a spinal fusion to provide stability.
  • Foraminotomy: This procedure also creates additional space for the spinal column but the foramina, or area where the nerve roots exit the spinal canal, is removed.
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