It’s highly likely that you would be familiar with the term whiplash. Whiplash is something that most people generally associate with car accidents.
If you’ve thought this before, you’re absolutely correct. Whiplash can also result from heavy impact sporting injuries.
Whiplash neck strain occurs when a person’s head is suddenly jolted backwards and forwards in what is essentially a whip-like movement. This abrupt movement in the neck can cause muscles and ligaments in the neck to instantly stretch as well as placing stress on the delicate discs in the neck. Sudden whip-like movements extend the neck so far beyond it’s usually range of movement that injury is often unavoidable.
Whiplash neck sprains are extremely common in those who are involved in car accidents, especially rear-ended impacts. It’s believed that 2 out of 3 people will develop neck pain after a car accident.
Some of the symptoms of whiplash neck strain can include:
– The inability to move the neck properly
– Pain and stiffness in the neck, jaw, shoulder, arms
– Your head feeling ‘too heavy’ for your neck
– Blurred vision
– Difficulty concentrating
– Pain when swallowing
As you can see by the list of possible symptoms above, whiplash strain injury is not something to shrug off or to ignore. It’s also crucial to rule out any permanent injuries in the neck. Although physiotherapy is highly recommended to effectively treat your whiplash injury, some immediate ways you can ease the pain before seeing your physiotherapist are as follows:
– Ensuring your neck is well supported at night when you sleep (pay close attention to your choice and position of pillows)
– Sleeping on your back to ensure your neck is well supported and safe
– Applying ice on the painful areas for 5-10 minutes during the first few days to provide pain relief and to reduce spasms
As healing gets underway, it’s so important to begin moving your next so you can retain your pre-injury range of motion in your neck. Care and instruction from a professional physiotherapist will achieve best results. After an initial consultation and thorough assessment, your physiotherapist may request further examination and scans to completely assess the damage to your neck. Here at Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, we take neck injuries very seriously.
Initial treatment will then focus on reducing inflammation and strengthening your neck to avoid future injury or damage and involve:
– Gentle, hands on therapy
– You’ll receive strategies to help improve posture
– Your treatment will be supplemented by an at-home exercise program, and
– You’ll be given lots of information to help you protect your neck from further injury.
While gentle hands-on therapy is a highly successful way to treat neck pain and can bring fast relief, long-term self-management, is also vital. Whiplash injuries respond extremely well to physiotherapy and many people witness a major improvement in a few short weeks after care.
If you or a family member have recently suffered a whiplash injury, the team at Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy have highly skilled physiotherapist who have plenty of experience treating and managing neck injuries. If you have any questions about a potential whiplash injury, or feel as though you need to book an appointment, you can Call Progressive Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy today on 47217798 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also book online by clicking here