Diagnosing a Neck Sprain Caused by Whiplash

Tired stressed old woman suffering from neckpain working from homeIf you have severe pain in your neck, you may have suffered a sprain. A neck sprain occurs when there is a tearing of ligaments holding the neck bones together. A neck sprain requires prompt attention by a physician having the experience and skills to diagnose and treat this serious condition.

Neck Sprain Caused by Sudden Impact or Blow

A neck sprain is commonly caused by a whiplash event, such as a car accident. There are many other causes of a neck sprain not commonly known.

Any impact or blow that causes the head to jerk forward or backward can cause a sprain in the neck. A neck sprain is caused by several whiplash-type incidents, impacts, or hard blows.

Any sudden force can stretch and tear the neck muscles and tendons, such as:

  • Amateur and professional contact sports
  • A hard slip and fall
  • Carrying and dropping too much weight with force
  • Pushing too much weight with force
  • Twisting in a jerking motion

Symptoms of a Neck Sprain

Your pain will be hard to ignore if you have suffered a neck sprain due to a whiplash-type incident. Neck sprain symptoms may not arise until a day or two after the event. Pain and stiffness will worsen and eventually lead to the inability to move the neck.

Other symptoms of a neck sprain include:

  • Headache in the back of the head
  • Pain in shoulders or upper back
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Numbness in arms or hands

Evaluating Symptoms and Diagnosing a Neck Sprain

It is advised by Dr. Jason C. Tinley that you seek out medical help if you experience any of these symptoms after being involved in an incident involving a whiplash-type event. This is important for ruling out damage to the spinal cord.

Signs of spinal cord damage:

  • Arm or leg weakness
  • Difficulty standing or walking
  • Bladder or bowel control issues

To diagnose the extent of your neck strain, Dr. Tinley will:

  • Assess the details of the incident
  • Conduct a thorough examination
  • Perform X-rays, CT scans, and other diagnostic tests as needed

Avoid Exacerbating a Neck Sprain Due to Whiplash

You don’t have to live with the pain you are experiencing and must avoid worsening a neck strain. Get the diagnosis and treatment you need by contacting Dr. Jason C. Tinley at his Fort Worth, Texas, practice today to schedule a consultation.

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