About Whiplash Injury
Whiplash syndrome refers to neck pain that is caused by injury to the neck after a rapid backward and forward motion to the neck from an external force. These rapid motions can cause structures within the neck to extend and flex beyond their normal range of motion, resulting in subsequent damage. The mechanism of injury is thought to include stretching of the ligaments, muscles, and facet joints within the cervical spine. This can lead to inflammation at the facet joint as well as severe pain and headaches when trying to move your head. Typically these symptoms occur after a car accident where an individual is rear-ended but can also occur after other physical trauma or contact sports.
"Dr. Maniam is great and you took care of my knee. My knee feeks great and i can walk again. The visit was beautiful and they treat me with respect."- K.D. / Google / May 18, 2021
"On first arrival Dr. Kohler and his staff at Ospina Medicine were warm and welcoming. He was precise in his knowledge and explained all parts of both my pain management due to previous injury, and preventative measures for future treatment. Their New York City based state of the art technology and contemporary office made me feel at ease immediately. As someone with continual back pain, and as someone who wants to avoid opioid treatment, the very nature of Ospina Medical using non-opioid approaches to pain management for me was a big bonus. The results have been brilliant, and I am so pleased to have Dr. Kohler to help me through my pain management process."- M.M. / Google / May 17, 2021
"The nicest people, the best care. I feel so much better already. Would recommend to any and all friends, dancers, athletes, who are having pain."- C.J. / Google / May 14, 2021
"Dr Maniam and his staff are excellent. Renya at the front desk is always friendly and makes me feel comfortable. There’s a real sense that they care about their patients. I’ve had numerous spinal epidural‘s and radio frequency ablations, they’ve been painless and have gotten excellent results. This is the best pain management group that I’ve been to and I’ve been to more than a few... I highly recommend Ospina!"- M.G. / Google / May 14, 2021
"I've had 3 cortisone injections with Ospina and I'm amazed by the care they take when applying the injections. I can't believe how well it works and what good care they take of me. (I had received an injection somewhere else and it was more painful, bruised badly, and didn't last near as long.) I will ONLY go to Ospina now. The staff and doctors are truly WONDERFUL. Don't hesitate!"- P.G. / Google / Apr 30, 2021
Symptoms of Whiplash Injury
Usual symptoms associated with whiplash syndrome include neck pain or stiffness. The onset of pain is usually within 24 hours after the injury. Sometimes pain can be felt at the base of the skull, the back of the head or even radiate into both shoulders. Typically movement of the neck, especially in the flexed or extended position, makes the pain worse. Patients can sometimes even endorse a sense of laxity in their neck that can sometimes feel like instability. Mild cases of whiplash syndrome may only last a few weeks and require conservative treatment. More severe cases of whiplash however may cause persistent pain that limits your function. These cases may require more treatment for pain relief.
Treatments for Whiplash Syndrome
Mild cases of whiplash injury improve fairly quickly over time with conservative options including over the counter medications, rest, and massage therapy. Severe cases may require more aggressive treatment options. These treatments may include prescription medications, diagnostic imaging, physical therapy and injection procedures. Depending on the severity of your whiplash symptoms, our providers can treat the specific areas of your cervical spine that are causing you pain. These may include facet joint injections or medial branch nerve blocks as the facet joint and capsule are often damaged in whiplash injuries. Additionally, you may be a candidate for cervical radiofrequency ablation which can provide long term pain relief without the need for surgery or excessive oral medications.
If you are looking to avoid steroids and seeking a more natural solution for your pain, our physicians offer Regenexx regenerative medicine procedures. Using platelet-rich plasma, platelet lysate and bone marrow concentrate containing stem cells, our providers are able to inject damaged tissue with these highly concentrated healing therapies to help improve pain, repair damaged tissue, and improve your function.
If you suffer from moderate to severe whiplash and are seeking pain relief, please book a consultation at Ospina Medical located in Midtown Manhattan. Our spine specialists are experts in treating cervical spine conditions and offer a variety of treatment options that will get you back to living your life!