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Whiplash And Headaches

Headaches are often a common complaint by individuals who have sustained a whiplash injury. The term "whiplash" is used to describe the movement of the neck and head when a sudden jolt, such as a rear-end automobile accident, is sustained. The head is thrown backward, which causes the neck to hyperextend. The rebound effect is extreme flexion as the head projects forward. This back-and-forward movement stretches the neck and head beyond normal boundaries.

Immediate treatment for whiplash usually includes supporting the neck with some type of neck brace and the application of ice to reduce or control swelling. Even if there is no obvious injury, anyone who has experienced whiplash should be evaluated by a physician. Quite often, symptoms such as headaches do not show up immediately. It may be days or weeks before the full impact is determined.

Relieving the Pain of Whiplash and Headaches
Headaches that result from a whiplash injury may take weeks or months to completely resolve. If conservative measures such as cervical traction, anti-inflammatory medications, and exercises to relieve the stiffness in the neck don't alleviate the headaches, further testing should be done to determine if a more serious injury occurred.

At The Bonati Institute, diagnosis and treatment is available for headaches caused by whiplash injury. The surgeons and staff use the latest in diagnostic tools to determine the best course of treatment. If surgery is required to alleviate these headaches, the latest endoscopic and arthroscopic laser technology is employed. As a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center, all procedures are done under local anesthetic on an outpatient basis.


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