Treatment for Whiplash in Kirkland, WA

Whiplash is a neck injury commonly inflicted during an automobile accident. The condition occurs when the neck rapidly moves back and forth, leading to straining or spraining of the muscles and ligaments of the area.

Dr. Edward Jung provides comprehensive testing and treatment for neck pain caused by whiplash at his office in Kirkland. Learn more about whiplash and call Dr. Jung at (425) 823-4000 to schedule your appointment today!

Common Symptoms of Whiplash

Individuals may not begin to notice signs of a neck injury until approximately 24 hours after they have suffered whiplash. Such symptoms typically include:

  • Pain and stiffness of the neck
  • Dizziness
  • Tenderness and pain within muscles of the shoulder or upper back
  • Increased irritability
  • Numbness and tingling of the arms
  • Fatigue
  • Worsening headaches
  • Decreased mobility of the neck
  • Sleep problems
  • Blurry vision
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Difficulty recalling events or other short term details

Many persons involved in a car accident will quickly receive medical attention to diagnose any potential health problems, such as whiplash. It is important to remember that this condition can also result from other injuries to the neck, including sports injuries. You should contact Dr. Jung if you begin to notice classic symptoms of whiplash including those listed above, especially if your condition worsens over a short period of time.

Tests Used to Diagnose Whiplash

It is standard practice for Dr. Jung to conduct a physical examination of any patient who exhibits clear symptoms of whiplash. During this examination, you and your provider will discuss any events that may have led to trauma of the neck. Dr. Jung will also manually manipulate the muscles of the neck to assess their current range of motion and key problem areas.

If the physical examination is not enough to confirm a case of whiplash, additional imaging tests may be ordered. This process is particularly common in patients who have suffered injury to their soft tissues, which include the muscles, ligaments, and discs within the spine’s upper most vertebrae. Common imaging tests used during the diagnosis of a neck injury include:

  • X-ray
  • Computerized tomography (CT scan)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Treatment for Whiplash in Kirkland, WA

There are a variety of ways to treat whiplash, all of which are primarily based upon the patient’s specific symptoms and chronic issues. Many individuals will gain relief from their neck injury in the first few weeks following the trauma. However, for those who continue to experience chronic pain and discomfort from whiplash, additional therapy may be needed.

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