Neck Injury and Whiplash Can Be Treated
A neck injury is any injury or trauma involving the neck. The neck consists of the cervical spine and spinal cord, nerves, intervertebral discs, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, in addition to the windpipe (trachea), esophagus, and blood vessels. Any of the neck tissues and organs can be affected by trauma. Because it is a relatively exposed and unprotected area of the body, the neck is
particularly vulnerable to potentially serious injuries caused by blunt trauma, compression injury, and sudden extreme movement of the
head due to hyperextension (severe bending back of the neck) and hyperflexion (severe bending forward of the neck).
Whiplash is used to describe neck pain following an injury to the soft tissues of your neck (specifically ligaments, tendons, and
muscles). It is caused by an abnormal motion or force applied to your neck that causes movement beyond the neck's normal range of
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Many healthcare professionals have found that Whiplash symptoms can be eliminated with sustained results. With their innovative treatment approaches, patients can experience symptom elimination in 2 weeks to 1 month for mild and moderate conditions.
The healthcare professionals listed here have published their case studies. You can contact them for help or contact us for doctors near you.
List of healthcare professionals who have published clinical studies and provide treatment for Whiplash:
Whiplash is a neck injury that can occur during rear-end automobile collisions, when your head suddenly moves backward and then forward similar to the motion of someone cracking a whip. These extreme motions push your neck muscles and ligaments beyond their normal range of motion. Whiplash injuries can be mild or severe. Treatment typically begins with over-the-counter pain relievers and ice applied to the painful neck muscles. If pain persists, prescription medications and physical therapy may be helpful. Most people recover from whiplash in just a few weeks, but some people with whiplash injuries develop chronic conditions that can be extremely painful and disabling.
Most whiplash symptoms develop within 24 hours of the injury and may include:
1)Neck pain and stiffness
2)Headaches, most commonly at the base of the skull
Some people also experience:
3)Ringing in the ears
Whiplash typically occurs during situations in which a person's head is thrown backward and then forward, straining the neck's muscles and ligaments. This type of injury may result from:
1)Auto accidents. Rear-end collisions are the most common cause of whiplash.
2)Physical abuse. Whiplash may also result from incidents of being punched or shaken. Whiplash is one of the injuries sustained in shaken baby syndrome.
3)Contact sports. Football tackles and other sports-related collisions can sometimes cause whiplash injuries.
Western Medicine Treatment
If over-the-counter pain medications and self-care treatments at home aren't enough, your doctor may suggest:
1)Prescription painkillers. People with more severe pain may benefit from short-term treatment with prescription pain relievers.
2)Injections. An injection of corticosteroid medicine or lidocaine a numbing medicine into painful muscle areas may relieve the muscle spasms that can be associated with whiplash injuries.
3)Muscle relaxants. These drugs can help ease muscle spasms but often cause drowsiness, so your doctor may want you to take them only at bedtime.
Physical therapy interventions are the mainstay of treatment for whiplash. Therapy treatments may include:
As pain permits, exercises to stretch and strengthen neck muscles can help to minimize symptoms and help protect your neck in the future.
Although soft foam cervical collars were once commonly used for whiplash injuries, they no longer are recommended routinely.
Immobilizing the neck for long periods of time can lead to decreased muscle bulk and strength and impair recovery. During the day, cervical collars should be worn for no longer than three hours at a time and for only the first few days after the injury. If you're continually being awakened at night by whiplash pain, especially early on after the injury, wearing a cervical collar may help you sleep.
Adopted from mayoclinic.com