Whiplash injuries are serious neck injuries that arise and develop when the head is strained, forced or thrown aggressively forward or backward on impact. This results in the damage of the structures supporting the neck like the tissues, ligaments, muscles and bones.
This condition is common to victims of auto accidents. However, a whiplash injury may also happen following a physical assault, a fall, being hit by a falling object, or a sports injury. According to a study in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, at least two million individuals suffer from whiplash injuries.
What Happens When You Have A Whiplash Injury?
According to experts in Coastal Pain Clinic, Broward County, the neck pain of a whiplash injury begins to manifest within 24 hours of the incident. It may also be accompanied by other symptoms like headache, pain in the shoulders, arms or back, dizziness, stiffness of the upper body, decrease range of motion, blurred vision, fatigue, and sleep disturbances.
Whiplash injuries may sometimes last for months and it can be bothersome and disruptive of the patient’s activities. When left untreated, whiplash injuries can lead to a disability. Sometimes, rest, massage, a cold compress and over-the-counter pain medications may provide temporary relief, but there is a traditional belief that people with whiplash injuries never fully recover from their condition, according to the Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy.
New Option for Managing and Treating Whiplash Injury
However, a new option is giving hope to patients with this condition. Stem cell therapy for whiplash injuries is an emerging and modern treatment alternative that promises to revolutionize the way this condition is managed. It is a minimally invasive but highly beneficial procedure, especially for those suffering from the recurring effects of a whiplash injury.
Available in Coastal Pain Clinic Broward County, this treatment is injected into the injured body part and may reduce inflammation that causes pain. It can also stop degeneration and rebuild the cartilage of the affected area using stem cells harvested from the patient’s own body. The chance of the body rejecting this treatment is slim, since the cells are taken from the patient’s bone marrow or fat tissues.
What To Expect from a Stem Cell Therapy Procedure
Stem cell therapy for whiplash injuries is conducted at Coastal Pain Clinic, Boca Raton and Broward County. The procedure takes about an hour to complete. Depending on the doctor’s assessment, the patient may need to come back for two to four more injections, which are carefully spaced apart to deliver the full effect.
The doctor may target the cervical ligaments that connect the neck to the cervical spine vertebrae in treating whiplash injuries. According to the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorder stronger cervical ligaments are crucial to the restoration of the neck. When these ligaments are weak, then the neck cannot be properly aligned and when the neck is misaligned, it pinches the nerves, constricts the veins, and puts pressure on the other parts of the cervical region.
Recovery time for this treatment takes one to three months as the neck tissues repair themselves. However, the patient may notice significant improvement in the symptoms within a couple of weeks.
Learn more about Stem Cell Therapy in Coastal Pain Clinic, Boca Raton
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