Whiplash is a common term for the acceleration-deceleration forces on the neck that may occur in a car accident or other form of accident. It may result in an injury to the muscles, joints or ligaments, nerves and fascia in the neck or spinal areas.
Symptoms can develop straight away or be delayed by hours or days.
Research indicates that if you try to keep moving you will have a better recovery. Neck pain can be strong initially, so modify your activities at first to assist recovery. A gradual increase in your level of activity and exercise can help successfully return you to your pre injury lifestyle.
As every injury is different, recovery times vary. Recovery can range from days to months depending on the pathology, treatment received, activities of daily life. Stress and tension can increase the pain you feel. So getting the right advice and learning to self manage is important.
A combination of treatments including medications, physiotherapy and exercises will assist with your recovery.
If you are taking painkillers or anti-inflammatories, it can be beneficial take them regularly as prescribed instead of waiting for your pain to get out of control.Addressing overall posture is important. Postural advice and practical tips can help significantly How you position your neck during work and leisure activities, impacts on neck structures and symptoms.
As the body is healing it may stiffen up more than usual. Small postural adjustments regularly will improve the strength and integrity of the soft tissues supporting your neck.
Make sure you change your position regularly. Try not to stay in one position for more that 20-30 minutes.
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