Monmouth & Ocean County Auto Accident Injury Program for Whiplash

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:

Neck and/or upper back pain;

• 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

• Dizziness.

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.

The Consequences of Ignoring Whiplash Symptoms

Whiplash symptoms may develop immediately and must never be ignored. When whiplash is left untreated, the result may be chronic pain. Additionally, when the normal curvature of the neck is compromised, the body’s entire nervous system and overall health is endangered.

For some patients, the neck pain, headache, and muscle spasms associated with whiplash may take days or weeks to develop after a crash. This delayed onset of symptoms is common to auto accident injuries and is a major reason that seeking medical attention after any car accident, even a minor crash, is imperative.

Monmouth & Ocean County Rehabilitation for Whiplash

Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation provides non-surgical medical care for whiplash. Leading our medical staff is a Physiatrist, a medical doctor specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. As part of a larger healthcare team that includes physical therapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and Chiropractic Doctors, medical treatment for whiplash resolves the cause of pain (damage to the cervical spine).

Additionally, painful and debilitating whiplash may be treated with minimally invasive procedures designed to reduce inflammation and pain so that patients can use physical therapy and/or chiropractic for rehabilitation. For example, corticosteroids may be injected in the spine’s epidural space. This practice is also helpful in reducing muscle spasms in the neck.

The following is a list of the treatment options available for Monmouth & Ocean County whiplash sufferers:

• Consultation, diagnosis, and care directed by our Medical Director, a specialist in Pain Management and Rehabilitation;
Interventional Pain Management (Epidural Steroid Injections, for example);
Spinal Decompression;
Physical Therapy for Whiplash;
Low Level Laser Therapy;
Acupuncture; and

Please contact our Shrewsbury, Freehold, Wall, & Lacey NJ auto accident injury pain management center to learn more about our approach to whiplash, or to schedule a consultation.

Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation Shrewsbury
174 Patterson Ave
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation Wall
1985 NJ-34 Bldg A
Wall, NJ 07719

Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation Lacey
747 Lacey Rd
Forked River, NJ 08731

Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation Freehold
20 Thoreau Dr
Freehold, NJ 07728