Auto Injury

Auto Injury & Whiplash Treatment in North Huntingdon

Having auto accident complications or whiplash? Learn how we can help with your neck pain.

The primary injury resulting from a major or minor car accident whether it be a rear end collision, front end, or side is a whiplash injury.

About 1 million people suffer from whiplash injuries each year, usually after being involved in minor fender-benders. Yet for the numerous whiplash cases reported, it can still be difficult for many doctors to diagnose and harder still to pinpoint an effective treatment. Although 90 percent of patients with whiplash injuries get better within a year with little or no treatment, other people appear to suffer lingering pain. That may be why one medical magazine has called it “the enigma of whiplash injury.”

How does whiplash occur?

One of the most common traumatic injuries to the neck, whiplash can happen when a vehicle must stop very suddenly, or a stopped car is rear-ended by another. An injury typically occurs when the force of the impact snaps the head of the driver — or that of a passenger — violently forward and then back by the impact, causing a moderate to severe strain to the neck region. The bones, disks, muscles, nerves, and tendons of the neck may be injured in whiplash and whiplash-associated disorders (WADs), according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

You don’t have to be driving fast to suffer whiplash. Some whiplash injuries happen when a car travels at speeds as low as 5 mph. Although whiplash is associated with driving, it can also be caused by sudden stops in roller coasters or other amusement park rides, by sports injuries, or by being punched or shaken. When small babies are shaken violently, they can also suffer whiplash injuries or brain damage.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • pain or stiffness in the neck, jaw, shoulders, back, or arms
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • blurred vision or ringing in the ears
  • tingling or numbness in the arms, hands or shoulders
  • memory loss or difficulty concentrating
  • nervousness or irritability
  • difficulty sleeping
  • fatigue
  • burning or prickling, particularly around your neck
  • depression
  • vertigo

What if I don’t feel anything at first, but start to have symptoms later?

This is typical of whiplash: Symptoms may occur right away but often do not begin to develop for several hours after the incident and then worsen over the next 24 to 48 hours.

How long do the symptoms last?

Most neck and head pain symptoms clear up within a few days or weeks, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). For others, the recovery can take up to three months. But about 25 percent of people with whiplash report symptoms for up to a year, and about 10 percent of patients report permanent symptoms as a result of their injuries.

What to do if you have an auto related back or neck injury?

If you are feeling discomfort and pain due to whiplash or an auto related injury, pick up the phone and call us today 724-382-5576. Or you can stop in our North Huntingdon, Murrysville, or West Mifflin office and schedule an appointment.

Auto Injury February 6, 2015

Locations:

North Huntingdon:

     (724) 382-5576
  12875 US-30 Suite 25
        North Huntingdon, PA 15642

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Monday: 11:30 am - 7 pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 1 pm - 7 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10 am -12 pm

West Mifflin:

     (412) 896-8053
  500 N Lewis Run Road Suite 210
        Pleasant Hills, PA 15122

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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 11:30 am - 6 pm

Murrysville:

     (724) 387-8215
  4028 William Penn Hwy.
        Murrysville, PA 15668

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Hours:

Monday: 11:30am - 7 pm
Tuesday: 10 am - 2 pm
Wednesday: 12 pm - 7 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 7 pm
Friday: Closed