I Have Whiplash! Help!
Whiplash occurs when your head is thrown backward then forward rapidly, which can put major strain on the muscles and ligaments in your neck. Whiplash and other neck injuries are commonly caused by contact sports.
If you’ve been suffering symptoms related to whiplash, we can help—click here to contact Southwest Spine & Sports or call us today at (480) 860-8998!
According to the American Association of Neurological Scientists, the sports with the highest incidence of whiplash and other cervical spine injuries include:
- Diving: 1,563 males, 135 females = 1,698
- Bicycling: 312 males, 35 females = 347
- All Terrain-Vehicle/All Terrain-Cycle (ATV/ATC): 133 males, 20 females = 153
- Football: 136 males = 136
- Snow Skiing: 118 males, 14 females = 132
- Horseback Riding: 61 males, 64 females = 125
- Winter Sports: 98 males, 26 females = 124
- Other Sports: 85 males, 18 females = 103
- Surfing (including body surfing): 101 males, 2 females = 103
- Wrestling: 82 males, 2 females = 84
- Trampoline: 53 males, 8 females = 61
- Gymnastics: 31 males, 18 females = 49
- Snowmobiles: 37 males, 5 females = 42
- Field Sports: 37 males, 1 female = 38
- Hang Gliding: 31 males, 2 females = 33
All told, an estimated 7.6 percent of all neck injuries, including whiplash, are sports-related, with nearly 40 percent of these injuries occurring in teens and young adults.
Whiplash Treatment Options
Whiplash can be a painful condition that can cause neck pain, dizziness, blurred vision, fatigue, and more. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatment options available to help you minimize or eliminate your pain and help you get back to living a healthy, productive life.
At Southwest Spine & Sports, our team of specialists is highly trained in nonsurgical treatment of joint pain, nerve pain and sports injuries. Our physicians will work with you to accurately diagnose your whiplash by performing a thorough history and a physical examination including a complete assessment of your musculoskeletal and neurological symptoms. After diagnostic review, you’ll received a customized nonsurgical treatment program with our caring physiatrists overseeing the healing process so you can reduce the pain and put your life back together.
Our expert physicians also specialize in the field of regenerative medicine, specifically PRP and stem cell therapy using autologous stem cells (bone marrow aspirate concentrate from a patient’s own hip bone).
PRP for Whiplash
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a safe, effective and all natural way to heal damaged joints. PRP consists of a small sample of your own blood, spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets and then injected into the injured area. Medical research and intensive studies are leading the way to the tremendous benefits offered by PRP for patients suffering from pain associated with whiplash, with the goal of enhancing the body’s ability to naturally heal itself.
Stem Cell Therapy for Whiplash
Stem cell therapy is another nonsurgical alternative to pain management that has been practiced since the early 1990s and uses the body’s own stem cells to treat all manner of degenerative conditions, including pain associated with whiplash. Adult stem cells, collected from reservoirs in bone marrow and adipose tissue, can be transferred directly into the site of the joint or disc injury safely and effectively in an outpatient facility, without resorting to surgery. Stem cell therapy has been proven to be extremely effective and is quickly increasing in popularity among patients of all ages.
Our Pain Treatment Options
A physician from Southwest Spine and Sports will be able to tell you definitively if regenerative medicine is right for you. If it’s determined that you would benefit more from a different type of treatment, we also offer:
- Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI)
- Selective Nerve Root Blocks
- Facet Joint Injections
- Medial Branch Blocks
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
- Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
- Pulsed Radiofrequency Treatment
About Southwest Spine & Sports
Southwest Spine & Sports has been helping people throughout the state of Arizona manage and eliminate their pain since 1999. Always striving to serve our patients better, we’ve been at the forefront of regenerative medicine since it’s inception and are continually working to advance our own knowledge of the practice as well as the field as a whole.
Recognized as Top Doctors by Phoenix Magazine seven years in a row, the team at Southwest Spine & Sports brings not only their unparalleled medical knowledge and skills but also genuine care and concern for each and every patient we see from all ages and walks of life. From seasoned athletes to “Weekend Warriors”, there’s no limit to who can receive regenerative medicine therapy to treat their pain.