Treatments for Whiplash Injury

Treatments for Whiplash Injury

Car crashes in Oklahoma City happen so unexpectedly and rapidly, that there really is no time to brace for impact. Whiplash is the direct result of how fast your head and neck are yanked violently back and forth in a wreck. While whiplash does not sound as severe as other car accident related injuries, whiplash has a high chance of developing into chronic pain if left untreated. Medical treatment surrounding whiplash can be expensive because doctors may conduct imaging tests and prescribe medications that your insurance company may not cover.

Diagnosing Whiplash

When you first see a doctor for whiplash, they will ask you to perform basic movement tasks involving your head and neck. These movement tasks may include assessing how much you can move your head before pain is felt, your reflexes, tenderness in the affected areas, and your overall range of motion.

An imaging test or two may be ordered if the initial examination is not enough to diagnose you with whiplash. Imaging tests include X-rays, Computerized Tomography (CT Scan), and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). 

General Treatments for Whiplash

If you have mild whiplash, you may only need to go home and rest with an ice pack around your neck, but if your condition is severe, then you may be prescribed pain medications to manage the pain. Pain medications may involve cheaper over-the-counter pain relievers, certain antidepressants that relieve nerve pain, or muscle relaxants to ease your neck muscles.

If none of these prescription medications work, then your doctor may go ahead and give you an injection of lidocaine, also called Xylocaine, to numb certain areas that seem unaffected by pain relievers.

Alternative Treatments for Whiplash

Exercise is something you may be asked by your doctor to do in order to restore the range of motion in your neck. These exercises may include bending your neck to your chest, tilting your head, and rolling your shoulders. Physical therapy is also used for chronic whiplash pain and not only includes advance exercise techniques, but also transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). TENS relieves neck pain temporarily so you can do the exercises that will restore your neck muscles.

Chronic Pain from Whiplash

Whiplash is actually considered a major health problem in the U.S. because a condition Treatments for Whiplash Injurycalled Whiplash-associated disorder (WAD) has been spreading in recent years. This disorder involves chronic neck pain that can lead to stiffness, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and memory problems. Shockingly, 84-90% report that this chronic pain lasted two years and 55% reported 17 years.

Chronic pain not only impairs work performance but also makes it difficult to sleep which is what leads to the concentration problems associated with WAD. The costs of treatments like physical therapy and medications can add up fast. However, you may be able to get this money back if you believe that your injury was caused by a negligent driver.

Find Legal Help Today

If you have a whiplash injury caused by someone else contact the Law Firm of Griffin Reynolds at (405) 721-9500 to speak with a personal injury attorney. You do not have to pay for someone else’s damages. We specialize in personal injury cases of various kinds, from nursing home abuse to injuries sustained from automobile accidents, and we work with clients to defend their rights.