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Oklahoma Pain & Injury Centers       
                   Your Recovery Is Our Only Priority

North Clinic

9402 N. May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
(405) 755-8000
Fax: (405) 755-8001

South Clinic

7825 S. Walker Avenue Ste C

Oklahoma City, OK 73139

(405) 634-1700
Fax: (405) 634-1708
Auto Accidents & Workers Compensation
 

HAVE YOU BEEN IN AN AUTO ACCIDENT?

HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED ON THE JOB?

WE CAN HELP !

Get the help you need with your pain NOW!

Here at the Oklahoma Pain & Injury Centers, we work closely with medical doctors, attorneys, patients, and insurance companies on cases involving auto accidents and injuries on the job since 1998.

 

Auto Accident/Whiplash Information

What is whiplash?

 

Whiplash occurs to a person's neck or low back following a sudden acceleration-deceleration force, most commonly from motor vehicle accidents. The term "whiplash injury" describes damage to both the bone structures and soft tissues, while "whiplash associated disorders" describes a more severe and chronic condition.

Most people involved in minor motor vehicle accidents recover quickly without any chronic symptoms, some continue to experience symptoms for years after the injury. Whiplash is a real condition with real symptoms.

You should seek care for this injury.

What causes whiplash?


Whiplash is most commonly caused by a motor vehicle accident. It is commonly thought the rear impact causes the head, neck, and spine to be forced into hyperextension as the seat pushes the person's torso forward.After a short delay the head, neck, and spine recover and are thrown into a hyperflexed position.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

The most common symptoms related to whiplash include:

  • neck pain and stiffness
  • headache
  • low back pain
  • shoulder pain and stiffness
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • jaw pain (temporomandibular joint symptoms)
  • arm pain
  • arm weakness
  • visual disturbances
  • ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and
  • mid-back pain

How is whiplash diagnosed?

After an accident the patient may be taken to the hospital or a doctor's office to be examined. The doctor will examine the patient to determine if they have any injuries that require treatment. The most important first step is to make sure there is no major injury to the neck, head or the rest of the body requiring immediate treatment.

What is the treatment for whiplash?

Treatment of whiplash depends on the wide variety of symptoms present.

Patients involved in early range of motion exercises have been shown to have a more reliable and rapid improvement in their symptoms. This treatment typically involves rotational exercises performed 10 times per hour as soon as symptoms allow within the first four days of the accident.

Work Related Injury Information

In 2008, the top ten most common workplace injuries were a result of the following circumstances:

1. Overexertion - Sometimes an employee may not realize the amount of work they are putting into a task and could inadvertently injure themselves in the process. Examples of overexertion include pushing, pulling, carrying or holding heavy objects, and even tossing an object that may result in an accident.

2. Fall on Same Level - While it may be unclear, this type of injury happens when an employee slips or trips if there is some sort of obstacle in the employee's way, for example.

3. Fall to Lower Level - This particular cause is more self-explanatory. An injury in this circumstance may occur if an employee has fallen from a higher area, for example, a ladder or even a roof.

4. Bodily Reaction - This type of injury happens when a worker has tripped, slipped, or fallen when there is not an object or obstacle in their path.

5. Struck by an Object - These types of injuries can be very serious. I have handled many cases in the past where someone has been hit by a falling object without any warning.

6. Struck Against Object - While also potentially unclear, this type of accident happens if an employee has accidentally run into an object in their way, perhaps a table, piece of equipment, or other item found at the workplace.

7. Highway Incident - We have handled cases where an employee has been injured on the roadways while operating a company vehicle. This presents the possibility in having both a workers' compensation claim and a personal injury case.

8. Caught In/Compressed By - Some of the most disabling accidents result from the improper use of workplace equipment due to a lack of thorough training. Also, if an employee is exposed to harsh chemicals or unsafe conditions at work, a very serious accident can occur, resulting in life-changing injuries.

9. Repetitive Motion - Many jobs require an employee to consistently repeat the same actions. For example, typing at a desk or repetitive heavy lifting. While it may not be immediately apparent, these types of daily actions can have long-term effects.

10. Assaults and Violent Acts - While more infrequent, this type of workplace injury is also possible.

 
 
 
The Oklahoma Pain & Injury Centers is a full service medical and physical rehabilitation clinic specifically structured to treat pain and injuries caused by auto accidents, work related injuries, or those endless nagging aches brought on from stress or physical activities