How Does Your Neck Feel After that Rollercoaster?

How’s Your Neck Feel After that Killer Rollercoaster? | DFW Center for Spinal Disorders | Fort Worth, TXIf you’re old enough to remember Dudley Do-Right, you’re old enough to remember Snidely Whiplash, Do-Right’s archenemy. His name was a dead giveaway, Whiplash, because no one likes getting whiplash.

While not as interesting as the devious foil to poor Dudley, the whiplash most of us know is the kind we get in the neck. Whiplash is a common neck condition that occurs as a result of a sudden backward-forwards motion of the head. Whiplash can stretch the muscles and ligaments as the neck moves beyond its normal range of motion.

At DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, we treat whiplash with a variety of approaches.

What Causes Whiplash?

The most common way people get whiplash is when their car gets rear-ended. But you can also get it during contact sports, from riding roller coasters, or when a person punches you. The shaken baby syndrome also includes whiplash.

What are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

It may seem obvious that you’d have a stiff neck, but there are other symptoms that accompany whiplash. They usually develop within 24 hours after the injury, but it’s not unusual for symptoms to appear, or worsen, weeks after the original injury. These are the physical symptoms that may occur:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches, especially at the base of the skull
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing or buzzing in the ears

Beyond the physical, patients may have cognitive or emotional symptoms, such as:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory issues
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Depression, anxiety, irritability
  • Fatigue

Whiplash Treatment

Most patients recover from whiplash using conservative treatments in one to two months. These treatments may include things like applying ice and using over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications.

For more severe cases, we may use corticosteroid injections or the use of a cervical collar for several hours a day to immobilize the neck.

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Do you think you may be suffering from whiplash? Call the team at DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, 817-916-4685.

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