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Whiplash Injury Treatment – How to Cure Whiplash

Whiplash Injury Treatment – How to Cure Whiplash

Whiplash is a common injury that happens when your head is abruptly jerked forward or backward. While most people recover from whiplash within a few days or weeks, some may experience long-term symptoms.

The severity of initial symptoms is often a predictor of long-term outcomes, for patients with more severe whiplash symptoms take longer to recover.

However, even patients with milder whiplash symptoms can sometimes experience chronic pain, fatigue, and stiffness. Whiplash is a complex injury, and the long-term prognosis is often difficult to predict. However, early diagnosis and treatment are essential for maximizing the chances of a full recovery.

Symptoms of Whiplash

The most common symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Pain in the neck
  • Difficulty moving the neck
  • Lower back pain
  • Weakness or muscle spasms
  • Shoulder pain
  • Arm or hand pain
  • Arm or hand numbness
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Blurry vision
  • Insomnia
  • Moodiness
  • Headaches
  • Memory or focus problems
  • Fatigue

Most people who suffer from whiplash will recover within one to three weeks and sometimes even one to three months. However, some people do experience persistent pain that can last much longer.

You can meet with your doctor if you feel you have a whiplash injury. In your examination, your doctor will check your neck to see how well it moves in all directions. They may order an x-ray of your neck area to ensure no bone dislocation or fracture. However, an x-ray cannot show a soft-tissue injury like whiplash.

Things To Monitor When You Have Whiplash

If you do have whiplash, here are some activities to be mindful of:

  • Be careful when bending, lifting, or carrying repetitively, especially if twisting is involved.
  • Be sure to take regular breaks from movement.
  • Avoid heavy lifting, pulling, or punching. Don’t participate in contact sports like boxing, football, or rugby until your symptoms have improved.
  • Only take a little time resting, wearing a neck brace, or time off work if you are advised to by your doctor.

Caring For Whiplash At Home

When symptoms for whiplash are moderate or mild,

you can generally use these self-care options at home:

  1. Apply heat or ice. During the first few days after a whiplash injury, ice packs can lessen swelling and pain in the neck. Cold packs help to close small blood vessels for a while, which prevents too much swelling. After that, alternate bags of heat or ice to ease the pain and promote healing.
  2. Medications. Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen and NSAIDS like Motril, Advil, and Aleve can help reduce inflammation and pain. As always, read all the instructions on the package to ensure safe dosing.
  3. Downtime. Keeping active is a good thing, but getting rest for a little bit just after a whiplash injury is a great strategy. Give your neck time to heal, especially if certain activities or movements aggravate the pain. Limiting movement can give your neck time to heal. As your neck improves, gradually build up to your normal activities.
  4. Improve your posture. When you are sitting, walking, or standing, keep your back straight to help prevent pain and stiffness. If you work at your desk, take consistent breaks to get up and move around to ensure your neck doesn’t get stiff. You may want to add back support for your chair.

We want to note that years ago, some physicians would advise whiplash patients to immobilize the neck by wearing a cervical collar for a while right after the injury. However, this strategy would often worsen their patient’s condition. The neck muscles began to weaken due to the immobilization, which posed problems for the cervical spine.

Treating Whiplash Through Medical Care

When whiplash pain is more severe or doesn’t appear to go away after some time, seek care from a health professional. The following variety of treatments may be effective:

  1. Chiropractic care. Manual manipulation from a certified medical professional who can use their hands to adjust the spine and neck manually. This can help reduce pain and increase the range of motion.
  2. Physical therapy. A trained physical therapist can implement a treatment program to help improve the neck’s flexibility and strength, which may alleviate spine stress and lessen pain.
  3. Massage Therapy. Massage treatments are often combined with chiropractic care and physical therapy to reduce pain. Massage works in soothing spasms and muscle tension, increasing blood flow and helping the body heal more quickly.
  4. Acupuncture. Benefits from acupuncture have been experienced in some patients. This treatment involves thin needles placed in certain key areas of the body according to what condition is being treated. The procedure is pain-free and safe when performed by a licensed acupuncturist.

Most individuals do make a full recovery from a whiplash injury. It is only a tiny percentage of individuals where whiplash can lead to continuing disability and pain. There are a few people who can develop post-traumatic stress and depression symptoms.

If you’ve been in a car accident, you know how debilitating whiplash can be. While the healing process can be slow, there are things you can do to help speed up your recovery. One of the most important things is to maintain a positive attitude. Research has shown that people who believe they will recover from whiplash have a better chance of full recovery than those who feel pessimistic about their injury.

So even if you’re feeling frustrated, try to stay positive and focus on your progress. Your age and the severity of your initial injury will also affect how quickly you recover. So if you’re feeling discouraged, remember that healing takes time and everyone is different. With a positive attitude and some patience, you’ll be back to your old self in no time.

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