Whiplash: Symptoms and Treatment

Whiplash: Symptoms and Treatment

Whiplash is described as a condition where a person endures a sudden acceleration force on his neck muscles, which is then followed by a complementary deceleration force. You might have experienced this backward and forward thrust most probably as a result of an automobile collision. 
The other possible causes of whiplash include a sports injury, physical abuse or when a particularly thrilling amusement park ride takes you by surprise. In medical terms, whiplash occurs when the soft tissues (including muscles and ligaments) in your neck stretch well beyond their normal range of motion. Whiplash symptoms are usually undermined because these symptoms take a while to appear. We urge a more proactive approach on your part regarding this disorder by looking out for these particular symptoms:

Whiplash Symptoms
Whiplash symptoms usually take more than a day to fully appear, and in some cases, this period could extend to about 4-5 days. 

  • Pain

Pains in the neck and in the shoulder are very common whiplash symptoms. This pain would generally occur when you attempt to move your head forward to properly view your surroundings. People have observed this pain has a tendency to progressively worsen if left untreated.

  • Stiffness

Stiffness is also an equally common symptom of whiplash. You would experience stiffness in the neck muscles which restricts your shoulder movement. This is generally a result of knotted muscles which have formed because of the sudden jerk.

  • Dizziness or a Headache

While dizziness and headache are secondary symptoms, it is not uncommon for them to appear after two or more days have passed. People ignore these headaches because they are unable to connect them with the injury.
Whiplash Treatment
While physiotherapy for whiplash remains the most popular treatment method, there is more one could do for a faster recovery:

  • Using a Neck Brace

Using a neck brace or collar can help with pain relief as it adds support to your neck and restricts pain. However, this is strictly for temporary use, and not a long-term solution to whiplash. It would better to consult a medical expert in any case.

  • Icing the Neck

Application of ice provides immediate relief against the unbearable pain, and it also helps reduce the swelling that is probably advancing at this stage. But, make sure you don’t use ice against the exposed skin and use a thin towel to lessen the effect.

  • Physiotherapy for Whiplash

Physiotherapy is the ever-reliable solution for whiplash. Physiotherapy for whiplash helps regain lost flexibility and mobility. The treatment involves several specially designed massages and exercises which encourage gradual movement and eventual recovery that enables you to get back to your day-to-day life.

InHome Physical Therapy & Massage offers advanced physical therapy and massage therapy services which serve as an excellent rehabilitation program for those seeking to recover from whiplash. Our physiotherapy services for whiplash can also be availed at the absolute comfort of your home.