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Whiplash! When to Seek Treatment

A neck strain, most commonly referred to as whiplash, is caused by any impact or blow that forces your head and body to jerk forward and backward. The sudden impact or force causes the neck to stretch and tear the muscles and tendons. A high percentage of people involved in a motor vehicle accident will sustain a whiplash injury. Whiplash can share similar symptoms to a disc herniation; those suffering from severe pain should seek medical attention.

The First 72 Hours: Within the first 72 hours following a whiplash injury, apply ice to the injured area every 1 to 2 hours after the accident.  Along with ice applications, those suffering from symptoms of a whiplash injury should consider over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, unless contraindicated. Also, modifying daily activities along with resting and relaxing will help alleviate muscle tension.

2-3 Days Following the Injury: After 2-3 days of icing, anti-inflammatory medication, and rest, begin to use heat on the injured area. Heat loosens the muscles further, allowing you to stretch the muscles in the neck. According to, using heat 2 to 3 times a day with stretching can alleviate pain.
Symptoms to be Aware of: Some whiplash symptoms are similar to a herniated disc within the cervical spine. Soreness, stiffness, or sharp pains are all shared symptoms between both injuries. Those who are struggling with the symptoms listed below should seek medical care:
  • Numbness/tingling in hands
  • Pain traveling into the shoulders
  • Muscle weakness or fatigue
Here at First State Spine, we pride ourselves on being the experts of the cervical spine. We understand the severity of neck trauma and we do our best to accommodate patients quickly, proudly serving those from Delaware and surrounding areas. Schedule your appointment today to discuss your neck pain and treatment options available!

Dr. Zaslavsky is a wonderful physician that is truly knowledgeable in his field. I have been treating with him for a while now. Since my treatment began, I have made great progress and was able to return to work. Dr. Zaslavsky takes his time with you, "really listens" to your concerns; he explains treatment in full detail and has a professional yet caring style that you don't see in many Doctors. I highly recommend Dr. James Zaslavsky and I am so Thankful he is my Physician. 

Located in Newark, Delaware, we at First State Spine are leaders in diagnosing and managing adult spinal disorders. The foundation of our treatment plan is an accurate diagnosis, and an individualized, conservative treatment plan using a multidisciplinary approach. Surgery is always a last resort.

Our experienced physicians have completed advanced training to ensure our patients receive the best care available. We strive for excellence and to exceed the expectations of our patients.

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If you experience an injury, call First State Spine to schedule an appointment today! We are committed to making your first office visit as easy and efficient as possible. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rudin or one of our other physicians, please call (302) 731-2888 ext. 1160.
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