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Car accidents aren't the only cause of whiplash. In fact, any activity that "whips" your neck back and forth could cause the injury. Fortunately, the orthopaedics physicians at Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists in St. Thomas, and St. Croix, Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan, provide treatments that relieve whiplash symptoms.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is likely to occur due to sudden movement of your neck forward and backward. The motion strains your neck injuring muscles, tendons, discs, or nerves in your neck. In addition to car accidents, whiplash can be caused by riding jerky amusement park rides or playing sports. It might also happen if someone hits or shakes you.
What are whiplash symptoms?
Whiplash symptoms don't always start right after an injury. In fact, you may not notice any symptoms for several hours to as long as a day after you hurt your neck. If you have whiplash, your neck may become stiff, which can make turning it painful. Other whiplash symptoms may include:
- Blurry vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty sleeping
- Pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
- Muscle spasms
- Back pain
- Pain and numbness in your arm and hand
- Trouble concentrating
- Memory issues
How is whiplash treated?
Ice can help relieve pain and inflammation caused by whiplash if applied during the first 24 hours. After 24 hours, heat may be more helpful. Over-the-counter medications that decrease both pain and inflammation like ibuprofen or naproxen sodium can make it easier to manage your symptoms. Muscle relaxants may be prescribed to reduce muscle tension and spasms.
In the past, people who developed whiplash were given cervical collars to reduce neck movement. Today, doctors recommend gentle exercises or physical therapy to promote healing and reduce stiffness. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor may recommend ultrasound therapy, corticosteroid injections, or massage during your visit to the St. Thomas, or St. Croix, orthopaedics office.
Could your neck pain be a symptom of whiplash? Contact your St. Thomas, and St. Croix, doctors at Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists to schedule your appointment. You can reach Dr. Chase and Dr. Sayan by calling us at (340) 714-2845 for St. Thomas, office and at (340) 692-5000 for the St. Croix, office.
Find out how we can help you on your road to recovery after a musculoskeletal injury.
If you are dealing with an injury that has affected the soft tissue, joints, muscles or bones then you could benefit from turning to our medical team here in Saint Thomas and Christiansted, Virgin Islands. Our orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Chase can provide on-site orthopedic physical therapy to reduce pain and discomfort while also improving function, movement and flexibility.
Physical therapy is designed to help treat your musculoskeletal condition, no matter whether it affects the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints or bones. Common injuries that could benefit from turning to our orthopedic specialist Dr. Chase include:
- Strains and sprains
- Overuse injuries
- Sports-related injuries
- Car accidents injuries (e.g. whiplash)
If you are experiencing pain, limited range of motion, stiffness or weakness as a result of your orthopedic injury then the experts at Virgin Island Orthopedics and Medical Specialists can create the ideal rehabilitation program to meet your needs, reduce your symptoms and promote faster healing.
If you’ve recently undergone orthopedic surgery then our medical team may recommend going through physical therapy and post-operative rehab to help you get back to your normal activities and daily routine quicker. Just about any condition or injury that impacts how one or more parts of the musculoskeletal system function can benefit greatly from physical therapy.
There are different modes of physical therapy and we can discuss which ones are right for you based the type and severity of your condition. Common physical therapy modalities include:
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Soft tissue manipulation and massage
- Assistive devices (e.g. cane; crutches)
During physical therapy, we will also provide you with a series of exercises that can help facilitate faster healing while also improving mobility and function. Orthopedic physical therapy focuses on a wide range of different exercises such as balance, stretching, endurance and plyometrics. We can also show you different exercises that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine from the comfort of your own home.
If you are dealing with the aftermath of an injury and you want to turn to physical therapy in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands to get you back on track then it’s time to call Virgin Island Orthopedics and Medical Specialists. We have offices in Saint Thomas and Christiansted to serve you better.