Whiplash Injuries: Causes and Treatment

Whiplash Injruy Causes and Cures - Treatment Through Chiropractic CareWhiplash can happen to anyone and though normally caused in a rear-end car collision, whiplash can also be caused by a sports injury or other physical activity. Whiplash usually involves damage to the soft tissues of your neck, including the muscles, fascia, and ligaments. The rapid movement of your neck backwards than forwards (whipping), stretches your neck muscles, ligaments, and other structures, which results in microtears in the tissues that can cause pain and swelling.

So, what can you do to treat whiplash and its symptoms?

First, take action. Doing so mean the difference in experiencing pain longer and with more intensity, and curbing symptoms early on. Your chiropractor is tasked with reducing your pain by targeting your treatments to minimize inflammation.  If you are experiencing muscle spasms, your chiropractor can also help in decreasing their intensity.

Additionally, try not to limit your daily activities. If you are able to resume your daily routine, do so. Patients who stayed immobile and/or took time off work experienced a slower recovery than patients who kept their activity level the same as before injury. Even more important, however, is implementing the exercises your chiropractor provides. This portion of your care, the home care, is vital to a speedy recovery.

In addition to the exercises, you can apply hot and cold packs to your neck to help reduce pain and inflammation. Be sure to always use a towel so the ice pack (or frozen object) does not touch your skin directly. This could cause a burn or frostbite, so limit your use of ice packs to just 15-20 minutes every few hours. The same time limit should be set to a heating pad as well.

To avoid further injury, be mindful of your body position as you fall asleep. Avoid sleeping on your stomach, as you can further damage your injured tissues and delay the healing process. Though it may not be as comfortable, consider sleeping in a slight upright position with your neck and hear bent forward just a few degrees. This should help to reduce any additional strain on your

Normal symptoms of a whiplash can include pain, muscle spasms, and inflammation. These can continue on for several days after your injury is incurred as your tissues begin to heal. You may also experience headaches, impaired memory, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, and even visual disturbances. These are common, and should not raise any concern. If you experience numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms or legs, difficulty breathing or swallowing, changes in your personality, issues walking, vomiting, or seizures, contact your chiropractor immediately.

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