Whiplash And Car Accident Injuries Specialists

South Lake Medical Center, Inc.

Physical Medicine and Pain Rehabilitation Center located in Pasadena, CA

Whiplash and Car Accident Injuries Q & A

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 The violent nature of Car Accidents often causes injuries resulting in acute and then chronic or long-lasting musculoskeletal pain. The doctors at South Lake Medical Center in Pasadena, California use a variety of treatments and rehabilitative processes to help their patients overcome the lingering effects of an injury sustained in a Car Accident.  

What injuries usually happen in a Car Accident? 

Auto Injuries

Even a mild Car Accident occurring at a reduced speed places stress and strain on the body as passengers and driver are pushed and pulled in various directions. Injuries can occur during the initial impact or throughout the resulting movements of your body in the vehicle after a collision or loss of control on a slick highway. Seatbelts and airbags save lives but don’t eliminate the stress placed on your entire body during an Auto Accident.

Even if you have no visible injuries, you might experience dizziness, blurred vision, or forgetfulness. Symptoms due to injuries such as pain sustained in a Car Accident can begin immediately or several days after the incident.  Involvement in a Car Accident warrants an examination by your medical provider who can diagnose or rule out serious injury and advise you of symptoms to monitor over the ensuing weeks.

Common types of pain following a Car Accident include:

  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Jaw pain

What is Whiplash?

In an Auto Accident, Whiplash typically occurs when a car is struck from the rear or side while in motion or stationary. The sudden impact causes your head to lurch forward and then jerk back. This sudden, severe movement places significant strain on the cervical spine and surrounding neck muscles, as well as the upper back and shoulders, and mid- and lower back. Whiplash can cause substantial pain and disability. Symptoms of Whiplash include:

  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Pain in most any body area from striking objects within car
  • Shoulder and back pain
  • Mid and lower back pain
  • Stiffness and decreased motion in the neck, shoulders, and upper back
  • Confusion and cognitive changes

How are Auto Injuries treated?

The first step in treatment is a thorough evaluation by one of the specialists at South Lake Medical Center. Your initial visit will include a careful review of the incident mechanisms, your symptoms, a physical examination, and may possibly require diagnostic studies to determine the full extent of your injuries. Your treatment could include:


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