Monday, May 21, 2012

Whiplash Injury: An Overview

Attorney Doug Stoehr recently distributed a legal magazine via the local newspaper.  He also has copies of these magazines in area businesses, as well as in his office.  One of the articles in this magazine was written by Dr. Michael Drass and discuss whiplash injuries and treatments for them.

According to Dr. Drass, cervical whiplash is caused by a flexion or extension injury to the cervical spine.  This is most commonly occurs in rear-end car collisions.  In about 60% of whiplash cases, the ligaments and tendons are significantly stretched and/or ruptured.  Additionally, headaches also commonly occur as a symptom of this type of injury.  When first lines of treatment, such as rest, non-steroid and muscle relaxant medications, and chiropractic services fail, pain management treatment may be another good option.  Dr. Drass mentioned the use of radiofrequency ablation as a possible pain management option.  With this treatment, tiny needles are heated up and inserted into the spine.  These small needles make the nerve endings stop responding to pain signals and, therefore, eliminate or reduce pain.  About 71% of patients receive long-lasting pain relief after the use of this treatment.

If you are interested in receiving a copy of Attorney Stoehr's magazine, "Just Cause", please contact his office at 814-946-4100.

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