Has another driver ever rear-ended your car? Maybe you “slept wrong” and ended up with a sore neck. Falls or accidents can also cause a pain in the neck.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash, a soft tissue injury to the neck, is also called neck sprain or strain.

The good news? You rarely need surgery.

But once you’ve had whiplash, you’re more susceptible to re-injury in the future.

Any part of your neck can cause pain:

  • Muscles
  • Bones
  • Joints
  • Tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Nerves

Pain may also come from your shoulder, jaw, head or upper arms.

Muscle strain or tension often causes neck pain. The problem is usually overuse, such as from sitting at a computer for too long.

See your doctor.

Because each person’s whiplash is different, it isn’t possible to generalize about what treatment is best for you. Treatment depends on the cause, but your doctor may tell you to:

  • Apply ice
  • Take pain relievers
  • Get physical therapy
  • Wear a cervical collar

Robert W. Ferguson, D.C., F.I.A.M.A., state-licensed chiropractor and acupuncturist, sees patients at 2250 W. 86th Street, Ste. 100, on the north side of Indianapolis by Metro Diner. Just look for the orange sign.

Chiropractic Rehabilitation & Acupuncture now accepts Healthy Indiana Plan for chiropractic services, and most insurance for chiropractic therapy and acupuncture.

Dr. Ferguson also offers a noninvasive low-energy or low-level laser therapy that is Food and Drug Administration approved for temporary pain relief. But most insurance plans don’t cover it just yet.