Whiplash Pain Management
Whiplash describes a range of injuries to the neck caused by or related to a sudden distortion of the neck, associated with extension. Whiplash can occur during rear-end automobile collisions, when there is an abrupt backward and/or forward jerking motion of the head. In addition to car accidents, whiplash can be caused by roller coasters and park rides, sports injuries, accidental falls, and assault.
Although delayed for 24+ hours after the initial trauma, include neck pain and stiffness, neck swelling, sleep disturbances, fatigue, jaw tightness or difficulty chewing, vision disturbance etc.
Whiplash home care includes cold packs, over the counter pain medications, limiting head or neck motion and other stressful activities. Whiplash treatments include pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antidepressants, muscle relaxants and a cervical collar. Also, range of motion exercises, physical therapy, cervical traction and supplemental heat application. Non-traditional medical treatments like chiropractic, massage, or acupuncture also help. Check with your doctor.
When driving, always wear your seat belt and ensure your car has airbags. Use approved safety equipment when participating in sports, especially contact sports. Follow high-velocity rides safety instructions. Monitor your children to prevent falls and injuries.
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