Neck Sprain – Flower Mound, TX

Dr. Kulwicki is a board certified orthopedic doctor serving the patients in Flower Mound, TX. He is well-known for providing treatment for neck and shoulder related injuries.

Neck Sprain

Neck is made up of seven vertebral columns, which are connected to each other by various muscles and ligaments. A sudden blow to the neck may extend the soft tissues beyond their range causing tear. This condition is referred to as neck sprain and can affect people of all age groups.

Causes Of Neck Sprain

  • Direct blow to the neck during a car accident
  • Head jerk on rides in amusement park
  • Motor vehicle collision
  • Sleeping in the wrong position that strains the neck
  • Slouching down while using computers or driving

Symptoms Of Neck Sprain

  • Excessive pain at the back of the neck
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Muscle spasms in the upper shoulder
  • Headache at the back of the head
  • Soreness in the throat
  • Feeling irritated and exhausted
  • Difficulty in concentrating and sleeping
  • Numbness in the arm or hand
  • Tingling or weakness in the arms
  • Ringing in the ears

Diagnosis of Neck Sprain  

To evaluate the condition the doctor may ask the patient about any previous history of the injury. He may also conduct a physical examination to check –

  • Neck’s range of motion
  • Muscle strength in arms
  • Reflexes
  • Any sign of numbness

For further diagnosis and to rule out other possible causes of the condition, the doctor may recommend X-Ray, MRI or a CT scan. These imaging tests may help the doctor to visualize the bones as well as the damaged soft tissues.

Treatment For Neck Sprain

  • Most of the neck sprains can be treated by conservative treatment.
  • The doctor may ask the patients to take rest and let the tissues heal naturally.
  • Soft collar may be recommend by the doctor, as it may provide support to the head and relive pressure from the neck, which may speed up the healing process.
  • Painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication may be prescribed to alleviate the symptoms.
  • Patients may also be advised to apply ice packs over the affected area. This helps to increase the rate of blood flow in the injured tissues.
  • Neck muscle strengthening and stretching exercises may also be suggested by the doctor to restore the lost range of motion.

For complete diagnosis and treatment of Neck Sprain, visit Dr. Kulwicki. To book an appointment with the specialist, call at (972) 899 - 4679 or visit 4951 Long Praire Road Suite 100, Flower Mound, Texas 75028.