Neck Pain

WolMed -  - Pain Management


Pain Management Specialists located in Dallas, TX & Denton, TX

As anyone who’s ever developed a stiff, painful neck after an auto accident can attest, whiplash can be an insidious injury. That’s because neck pain and other whiplash symptoms don’t always show up right away — sometimes, they take days or even weeks to appear. The physicians at WolMed have extensive experience helping people avoid neck injury complications following accidents. With two convenient locations in Dallas and Denton, Texas, they provide comprehensive care, including pain management, for North Texas patients with neck pain. If you have an unresolved neck injury, call or request your appointment online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Like any joint that gives you a wide range of motion, the joints in your neck are prone to injury. Spinal misalignment in your back can lead to pain in your neck, just as a misalignment problem in your neck can cause direct, localized pain or pain other areas of your body.

Another frequent cause of neck pain is muscle strain, which is often caused by poor posture, such as craning your head forward while driving or working on a computer. An injury that compresses your cervical spine can also lead to stiffness, discomfort, and chronic pain. Other common causes of neck pain include:

  • Traumatic injury, such as whiplash
  • Nerve compression, which may be brought on by a herniated disc
  • Chronic stress, which can lead to painful muscle spasms
  • Worn joints, which may be caused by osteoarthritis

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is one of the most common neck injuries sustained in a fall, on the sports field, and in auto accidents — particularly in rear-end collisions. It occurs when your head is forcefully thrown back and forth, causing the quick and uncontrollable movement of your neck that makes your spine move rapidly, similar to the cracking of a whip.

Whiplash usually causes trauma to the discs, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and surrounding tissues in your neck. Although symptoms may not always appear immediately following an accident, many people who sustain a neck injury develop some symptoms within 24 hours of the trauma. Common symptoms include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness, or pain that worsens with movement
  • Decreased range of motion of your head
  • Headaches starting at the base of your skull
  • A tingling sensation or numbness in your arms
  • Dizziness or fatigue

Why is treatment so important?

Whether you slipped and fell at work or were in a rear-end collision, it’s important not to minimize your risk of internal injury after an accident: Patients who experience whiplash symptoms soon after sustaining trauma are more likely to develop long-term, chronic neck pain if their injuries are left untreated.

What may have started out as stiff, sore neck muscles brought on by the initial trauma and inflammation can become a long-term joint, disc, muscle, or nerve problem, if it’s not cared for properly.

When you delay appropriate care, you’re more likely to experience the kind of scar tissue and spinal instability that requires routine future checkups and continued medical care. With a proper diagnosis and prompt treatment, however, most patients with neck injuries recover completely in a matter of months.