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Have you been in a car accident recently and now suffer from neck pain?
Or perhaps a sporting injury or an everyday mishap such as jolting your neck during a trip or fall has left you with similar symptoms?
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash neck sprains are a fairly common occurrence. Around 2 in 3 people involved in car accidents develop neck pain (with or without other injuries). Many people are surprised by the onset of neck pain following even minor car accidents some hours after the accident. It is important to note that even minor car bumps can cause enough whipping of the neck to cause symptoms.
Whilst the symptoms of whiplash will vary, you may experience the following:
- Pain in the neck
- Head feels too heavy for the neck
- Reduced neck movement
- Neck stiffness
- Pain into the shoulders and arms
- Tingling in the arms and fingers
- Dizziness, headache, blurred vision and pain on swallowing
- Irritability and difficult to concentrate
We can help!
We utilise a range of assessments and examinations to determine the exact location of your neck pain. Diagnostic imaging such as xray, CT or MRI scans may also be required to fully assess any damage that may have occurred.
We begin your treatment by reducing pain and inflammation and stabilising your neck to prevent further damage. As your pain decreases and stability improves, your Chiropractor will massage and gently adjust your spine to help improve your neck function and reduce nerve pressure.
What else should you do or avoid doing?
Our chiropractors encourage you to avoid poor neck posture during your daily routine and to use a firm, supportive contoured pillow when sleeping.
If you are able to support your head and neck, it is especially important to keep your neck mobile rather than immobilising it in a soft cervical collar. Studies have shown that you are more likely to make a quicker recovery if you do regular neck exercises, and keep your neck active rather than resting it for long periods in a collar.