For auto accident injury and whiplash sufferers in Monmouth & Ocean County, our pain management and rehabilitation offices provide non-surgical medical care (including full diagnosis and minimally invasive, interventional pain management procedures); physical therapy; chiropractic treatment; and acupuncture. The goal is to address the cause of whiplash symptoms through conservative care in order to help patients get out of pain and back to life without long-term ramifications, reliance on painkillers, or surgery.
Whiplash is the term used to describe a set of symptoms that occur when the soft tissues of the neck (the cervical spine) are damaged due to a sudden and unexpected trauma. During an auto accident, when a car is hit from behind, the neck is forced into an abrupt movement that is not within the normal, expected range of motion. This can also occur when a driver is forced to brake violently in order to avoid a crash.
The symptoms of whiplash include:
• Stiffness or the inability to move the neck or head normally;
• Headache at the base of the skull;
• Pain in the shoulder or arm; and
The cervical spine (the neck) has a healthy, c-shaped curve of between 40 and 60 degrees. In this normal positioning, the spinal cord is able to remain soft and allow the flow of blood and nerves to the body. When the normal curvature of the neck is negatively affected by a trauma such as whiplash, there are a number of consequences, including pain and long-term poor health.