Top Treatments for Whiplash Injury

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Many accidents cause fatal conditions and even to the point of death. The most common of which are motor-vehicular accidents which happen almost every day—daytime or nighttime. It can cause a great damage, not only to properties, but more so with a person’s life. Many complications may be a result of vehicular accidents—traumatic brain injury, fractures, internal organ damages, as well as wounds and physical injuries.

What Is Whiplash?

According to Quebec task force on whiplash associated disorders, whiplash is a “bony or soft tissue injury” resulting “from rear-end or side impact, predominantly in motor vehicle accidents, and from other mishaps” as a result of “an acceleration-deceleration mechanism of energy transfer to the neck.” Severe whiplash can also include injury to the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles and nerve roots.

Whiplash is usually confined to the spinal cord, and the most common areas of the spinal cord affected by whiplash are the neck, and the mid-back (middle of the spine). Presenting symptoms commonly complained by those who had whiplash include pain and aching to the neck and back, referred pain to the shoulders, sensory disturbance (such as pins and needles) to the arms & legs and headaches. Also, the symptoms can appear right after the injury, but most often, they appear several days after the incident.

What Treatments are Available for Whiplash?

Fortunately, whiplash can be treated completely and most of its symptoms may resolve entirely although, it depends on the stage and degree of the problem; and the structures that have been injured. Most patients with whiplash recover in a few weeks or at most, a few months, but 15 to 20% of people develop chronic pain.

Initially, whiplash is treated with a soft cervical collar. This collar may need to be worn for 2 to 3 weeks. Other treatment modalities of whiplash include the following:

-          Manipulation, mobilizations and range of motion exercises; use of chiropractic treatment. This is unique to each whiplash injury and is directed at the primary dysfunctions detected during the chiropractic exam;

-          Avoidance of excessive neck strain for the next week and then increased activity as tolerated in the following weeks;

-          Heat therapy to relieve muscle tension and pain;

-          Pain medications such as analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs); and muscle relaxants.

Usually, in 2 to 4 weeks, symptoms of whiplash subside. However , if symptoms continue or worsen after 6 to 8 weeks, further diagnostic tests i.e., x-rays and testing might be essential to establish if the person who suffered from whiplash is indeed suffering from a more serious injury.

 

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  1. Have heard that some people suffering from whiplash, have used the Swedish acupressure mat and it has reduced some of the pain. You can now buy the Swedish acupressure mat in Singapore, check out http://www.acupressuremat.com.sg

    /Malcolm

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