You don’t have to be in a car wreck to suffer a whiplash injury.
Neck injuries are frequently caused by falls, excessive motion, sudden jerking forces, and direct trauma such as a blow to the neck, sports injuries, and motor vehicle collisions involving whiplash.
Common neck injuries:
- Sprain of ligaments (Whiplash)
- Strain of muscles and tendons
- Herniated disc
- Nerve irritation
- Pinched nerves
- Neck and/or shoulder pain
- Pain, weakness, and numbness of the neck and arms
- Problems using the arms and hands for fine motor skills
Treatment of neck injuries includes conservative care with medication and physical therapy to reduce inflammation, pain, and stiffness, and gentle exercises to maintain and improve mobility and strength.
In cases of more extensive neck injury where conservative treatment fails, our patients are evaluated by a board-certified spine surgeon to determine if further progress can be made with interventions such as injections and surgery.
Patients who undergo surgical procedures then undergo post-surgical physical rehabilitation under our supervision to maximize the range of motion, strength, and function of their cervical spine.
Other Upper Extremities Injuries
The most common cause of elbow pain is due to repetitive stress or overuse which causes inflammation of the surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Pain in the hands or wrists is more common than ever, thanks to the prevalence of smartphones and computer-focused work environments.