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Cervical Whiplash

    The head and neck are supported by a complex system of ligaments and muscles that control movement and maintain posture. Ligaments are soft tissue bands that connect bone to bone. The intervertebral discs and spine are protected by the spine’s ligamentous system, which also prevents excessive movement of the head and neck.

    The deep erector spinae or paraspinal muscle groups that run parallel to the spine make up the cervical spine’s muscular system. The neck and head also have larger and more superficial muscles that help move and protect them.

    These ligaments and muscles can be damaged when the neck or spinal motion is pushed to its limits, such as in a car accident or a whiplash injury. Pain, soreness, loss of motion, and, if severe enough, joint instability can result from ligament sprains and muscle strains.

    Spasms and pain in the head and neck muscles can be caused by irritation or injury to the spine’s structures. Symptoms may spread to the arms and hands as a result of this.

    Dr Freeman and Dr Evan Jay are the best. They have been managing my pain for 15 years. The office staff is very efficient and caring.



    “Whiplash” is the term used to describe the pain that occurs following an acute injury to the soft tissue of the neck, including the ligaments, tendons, and muscles. This type of injury is typically associated with a car accident, in which the head and neck “whip” around due to the added momentum of the impact. The mechanism of injury is usually a sudden backward and then a snapping forward of the head and neck. Contact sports can also result in a whiplash injury.


    Cervical Whiplash


    Whiplash symptoms and signs are not always immediately noticeable. The most common ones include:

    • Pain in the neck;
    • Swelling or redness at the neck;
    • Tenderness along the back of the neck;
    • Muscle spasms;
    • Stiffness or difficulty moving the neck;
    • Headaches;
    • Pain that radiates to the shoulder and arm.

    Irritability, trouble sleeping, forgetfulness, lack of concentration, depression, ringing in the ears, and blurred vision are the less common whiplash symptoms.

    Treating Whiplash

    If you suspect that you have suffered whiplash, first try avoiding the positions and activities that produce any pain. Some other treatments that are usually recommended include rest and immobilization, ice, physical therapy, and non-steroidal medications to reduce inflammation. If symptoms persist, treatment by your physician may be necessary. This may include steroidal medication or injections in conjunction with therapy.

    Mild Cases

    Rest, ice, and painkillers may be enough to relieve pain in mild cases. We recommend starting physical therapy and developing a series of postural, stretching, and strengthening exercises to prevent the injury from recurring. To avoid aggravation or recurrence of symptoms, gradually increase the frequency, duration, volume, and intensity of activity.

    Moderate to Severe Cases

    Consult your healthcare provider if your symptoms persist. Your doctor will conduct a thorough examination to determine the underlying source, the affected structures, the severity of the condition, and the best treatment option.

    Medicine Intervenes

    Besides physical therapy, there are other procedures your doctor may recommend and perform, including:

    • Cold therapy and abstention from vigorous activity;
    • Wearing a cervical collar is to support your neck;
    • NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs);
    • Anti-inflammatory corticosteroid injections;
    • Painkillers to reduce the discomfort and allow you to engage in physical therapy;
    • Botox Injections;
    • Plasma Rich Platelet Therapy;
    • Trigger Point Injections.

    For more information about the cervical whiplash treatment options that we offer, contact Redefine Healthcare today by calling the office closest to you or using our convenient online booking system.

    This place is AWESOME. I’ve been suffering with tremendous chronic pain since being struck by a car back in 2005. I’ve been through numerous Pain Management Doctors/facilities, and can’t say enough about Dr. Freeman and his staff. Unlike almost every other place where I’ve been treated where you are lucky to see a doctor or staff member for 30 seconds, These people truly care about your ongoing health and spend the time with you to show it. If I’ve ever had an immediate problem that required attention, a phone call was all it has taken to get me seen. In all honesty, Dr. Freeman and his staff are the most courteous, professional and caring individuals I have dealt with over my extensive period of chronic pain. Don’t even hesitate when looking for somewhere that can help you, just save the time and give them a call. They offer everything from soup-to-nuts, Physical Therapy through procedures. They are sincerely the best! Mike H.


    Page Updated on May 20, 2022 by Dr. Freeman (Pain Management Specialist) of Redefine Healthcare Dr. Eric D. Freeman

    Dr. Eric D. Freeman is a top-rated, best-in-class pain management doctor. He is a nationally recognized pain relief specialist and is among the top pain care doctors in New Jersey and the country. He is an award-winning expert and contributor to prominent media outlets.

    Dr. Eric D. Freeman has been recognized for his thoughtful, thorough, modern approach to treating chronic pain. He has been named a “top pain management doctor in New Jersey” and one of “America’s Top Physicians” for advanced sports injury treatments.

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