Whiplash is a common injury experienced commonly to the upper spine. It is most often seen as a result of an auto accident, the sudden impact causes the head to be thrown forward injuring your neck.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Depending on the severity of the injury, it can be treated in few days. Though common it is very easy and simple medical issue that is quite simple to diagnose and fully treat. Suffering from whiplash? Here Is a quick list of the symptoms usually experienced;
- Frequent Neck pains and stiffness
- Common shoulder pain
- Fatigue and irritability
- Lower back pain
Due to the severity of the damage that could occur to the inner muscles, tissues, ligaments and discs., Whiplash may be diagnosed using specialized imaging tests, for example, CT scan or Magnetic Resonance Imaging(MRI) in order to rule out other possible infections and problems.
How is Whiplash treated?
Though no scientific method has proven without doubt an exact and specific treatment for whiplash, there are several steps and common practices that are highly recommended for full recovery. Here is a video of how it happens and treatment.
The good news is that whiplash should heal after a short duration of time. However, in the case of consistent and persistence of symptoms consider doing the following.
Take pain relieving drugs– This should only be done under the recommendation of a professional and authorized doctor. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like naproxen, Ibuprofen, diclofenac, and celecoxib should be perfect for the pain and swelling. Ensure to confirm with you doctor before taking them, it is not also wise to take them regularly but only under the counsel of a medical doctor.
Icing your neck – Ensure to do this as soon as you start experiencing the symptoms. It is essential to reducing the inflammation and pain. Do it regularly for 15 minutes at least 4 times in a day for three consecutive days. Remember to wrap the ice in a thin towel to avoid causing injury to the skin.
Using a neck brace – To add support if need be. However don’t do this frequently since it might result in more damages to your neck muscles. It should, therefore, be done if only recommended by the doctor.
Applying moist heat to the affected area – It is recommended to use moist heat after the inflammation has subsided. You may use a warm towel or take a warm shower. Remember to do this only after few days of icing.
Other common treatments include massage and ultrasound.
Recovery will depend on the extent of the injury, most cases resolve in very few days but others may take much longer.
There isn’t an assured way of preventing whiplash since it is accidental but you could try the following practices to minimize future injuries. Occasionally practicing strengthening exercises to keep your neck muscles strong. Often take regular breaks when in a sitting position for a long time to stretch your neck.