Whiplash? Take These Steps to Recover
Whiplash is a form of neck strain and sprain that is caused by a sudden jerking motion that stretches and tears muscles and ligaments in the neck. Whiplash can also cause spinal alignment issues and can lead to chronic pain if left untreated. Most commonly the result of automobile accidents and sports-related injuries, whiplash is characterized by both sharp pain and dull aches in the neck and back areas and often greatly restricts mobility. Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to relieve pain caused by whiplash and return your body to normal mobility. In this guide, our rehabilitation experts here at Comprehensive Medical Care have put together a list of several at-home and professional treatments you should seek out in the event you suffer a whiplash injury. Read on for more information, and contact our New Jersey medical team at (732) 352-3555 today!
Though whiplash can be painful and frustrating to deal with, the good news is that there are several treatments you can do at home to help relieve symptoms and recover faster. First and foremost on our list of at-home treatments is an activity modification. Rest. Sleep longer than usual; lay down when you get the chance; take things easy when dealing with whiplash. The more you rest, the faster your body will recover.
Second on our list of at-home treatments for whiplash is regular ice and heat application. During the first few days following a whiplash injury, regularly applied and alternated ice and heat on your neck and back can help reduce swelling and increase mobility.
As a last at-home remedy, you might try taking over-the-counter medications to help with symptoms. For pain relief and inflammation reduction, acetaminophen is often used for pain relief, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil, Aleve, and Motrin (for inflammation reduction). Use of these medications must be physician supervised, consult with your primary care physician for drug reactions prior to use.
Depending on the severity of whiplash, symptoms such as pain, soreness and tenderness can last for weeks and even months. When symptoms are particularly severe and do not seem to be going away, it may be necessary to seek professional medical care to help with your recovery. Medical professionals like our physical therapy and rehabilitation experts here at Comprehensive Medical Care can provide you with a host of specialized treatments that help you heal from your injury and come back stronger than ever. Among these treatments are chiropractic manipulation, massage therapy, and physical therapy.
Chiropractic manipulation involves the application of directed force by a trained chiropractor to help restore the spine's natural mobility and return it to its original position. Chiropractic manipulation for whiplash typically involves the chiropractor gently moving the joint into the direction in which it is restricted, but may also include the application of short thrusts in that same direction to facilitate movement and proper alignment.
Like chiropractic manipulation, massage therapy is used to help restore mobility in the upper back and neck area after whiplash and can be administered by a trained chiropractic professional. While chiropractic manipulation focuses primarily on the spine itself, massage therapy targets the muscles surrounding the spine. In the event of any injury such as whiplash, scar tissue can build in surrounding muscles, hindering mobility and recovery. General tightness and strain can also occur in surrounding neck and back muscles after whiplash. Directed massage therapy works to break down scar tissue in the muscles and relieve tightness, thus improving mobility and expediting recovery.
Another way that whiplash can be treated and partially prevented is through physical therapy. At Comprehensive Medical Care, we provide personalized physical therapy plans designed to help patients suffering from whiplash come back pain-free and stronger than ever. Our physical therapy programs are designed to help you increase your mobility and strengthen the muscles in your back and neck to build a solid base that will combat whiplash symptoms and prevent complications in the future.
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Whether you've just suffered whiplash from an accident or have been struggling with whiplash symptoms for months, it's important to seek the assistance of a trained medical team to help you overcome pain and return to normal mobility. No matter the severity of your whiplash injury, our rehabilitation professionals here at Comprehensive Medical Care can help you recover and live pain-free as quickly as possible. If you have questions about our whiplash treatments and programs, or would simply like to ask us a few questions about whiplash or other neck and back injuries, we invite you to contact us at (732) 352-3555 to schedule an appointment at our New Jersey rehabilitation center today!