Whiplash is one of the most common injuries associated with being involved in a car accident. Caused by a forceful and rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, whiplash is often treatable through a multi-pronged treatment plan. Here is a look at some of the most common methods used for treating whiplash.
In order to reduce the amount of pain associated with your whiplash injury, your doctor may tell you to rest for a day or two following the injury while also applying either heat or cold to the neck every 15 minutes. Over-the-counter pain medication, prescription medications and muscle relaxants may also be recommended for pain management. Depending on the severity of the pain, numbing medication may also be injected into painful muscle areas.
While it is generally best to rest for a day or two following the injury, exercise is essential for recovery. Stretching and movement exercises that you can do at home will help to restore the range of motion in your neck. Some of these exercises may include rotating your neck, tilting your head, bending your neck toward your chest and rolling your shoulders.
Physical therapy may also be necessary to assist with your recovery following a whiplash injury. This typically involves being guided through exercises to strengthen your muscles, improve your posture and restore normal movement. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) may also be used.
To learn more about your treatment options and to create a treatment plan that works for you, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab today!