Metro Pain and Vein Centers

Pain Management Physicians & Vein Specialists located in Clifton, Middletown, Riverdale, Edison, and Jersey City, NJ & Staten Island and Ardsley, NY

If you’ve been in a car accident and have neck pain, there’s a good chance whiplash is the cause. At Metro Pain and Vein Centers, the team of pain management experts can help you recover from whiplash with effective pain medications and physical therapy techniques. They have offices in Clifton, Middletown, Riverdale, Edison, and Jersey City, New Jersey, and Staten Island and Ardsley, New York. To get treatment for whiplash, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Whiplash Q & A

What is whiplash?

Whiplash occurs when your neck is forced into a rapid and forceful back-and-forth motion. This causes tears to neck muscles and tendons. People commonly get whiplash when they’ve been rear-ended in an auto accident. Many situations, though, can cause similar neck motions that result in identical injuries. You may also get whiplash from:

  • Playing contact sports, such as football and hockey
  • Falling off a bicycle or a horse
  • Riding roller coasters and other thrill rides
  • Being physically assaulted or abused

Whiplash symptoms include neck pain, stiffness, muscle spasms, knots, and a decreased range of motion. Symptoms often begin immediately after an incident, but they may appear the next day or even a few days later.

When does whiplash require treatment?

Whiplash is often a minor injury that resolves on its own within a few days and responds to home treatments, such as rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medication. The seriousness of your whiplash will usually reflect your level of pain and how big of an accident you were in. If you have mild neck pain, it’s unlikely you have a more serious condition, though it’s typically a good idea to get evaluated by a doctor if you’ve been involved in an accident.

If your pain isn’t getting better after a few days and you continue having trouble moving your neck, you should schedule an appointment at Metro Pain and Vein Centers as soon as possible.

How is whiplash treated?

The team of doctors at Metro Pain and Vein Centers treats whiplash using a combination of physical therapy and medication to ease your pain and restore your neck’s range of motion.  Your doctor may also recommend a foam collar to stabilize your neck and protect it from painful movements.

If more conservative treatments aren’t effective, your doctor may recommend injections of medication to the treatment area, which can reduce inflammation and block pain signals from reaching your neck muscles. Electrical nerve stimulation can also ease neck pain. These pain relief techniques can allow you to benefit more from physical therapy because you can more comfortably perform exercises and stretches.

To get relief from whiplash pain, book an appointment with Metro Pain and Vein Centers online or over the phone today.