Whiplash is a common injury that occurs to a person's neck due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck Most often occurs from motor vehicle accidents but the injury can also result from a sports accident, physical abuse or other trauma. "Whiplash injury" is the term describes damage to both the soft tissues and bone structures, whilst "whiplash associated disorders" describes a more severe and chronic condition.
· Neck pain and stiffness
· Persistent Headache
· Lower back pain
· Muscle Spasm
· Pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand
· Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) or blurred vision
· Difficulty concentrating or remembering
· Irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue
· Psychological and emotional symptoms, such as anxiety and depression
Patients should not be afraid to move and be active. Staying active is one of the most important aspects of whiplash management, unless there is some serious injury that requires immobilization. In addition, health personnel will often prescribe an exercise or stretching program. In order to achieve the best long-term benefits, it is important to follow this program as prescribed.
Physical therapy is an effective treatment option for whiplash, especially when combined with other treatments, such as bracing and medications. Physical therapist can work with the proper function and movement of those tissues. These are therapeutic exercises that strengthen your body so that your spine has a better support. They should not, however, replace an active-care program of exercise and stretching.
Various researchers conducted different studies to establish the efficiency and safety of using chiropractic treatments to relieve pain. Your chiropractor will perform a thorough history and physical examination, may request x-rays or other imaging if necessary, will provide treatment to the soft tissues and joints as necessary, and will teach you proper home care for your injuries. Spinal manipulation and/or mobilization provided by a chiropractor can also give relief in many cases of neck pain.
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