Whiplash is a common injury condition that causes neck pain. However, it is mostly associated with rear impact car accidents. Whiplash occurs when sudden acceleration and then deceleration causes rapid, unrestrained back and forth movement of your head and neck. Oftentimes whiplash is ignored or mistreated which can lead to further pain and issues in the neck.
At European Massage and Physiotherapy Center, we offer treatment for whiplash in Mississauga. Our goal is to properly treat whiplash as well as educate our patients on the dangers of ignoring whiplash injuries. Through early detection, exercise, and treatment, our physiotherapists can help you toward a rapid recovery.
When you experience whiplash, symptoms may include a range of different pain, including:
Additional symptoms may include:
Given the range of symptoms and pain that can occur as a result of whiplash, it’s important to seek out professional advice from your doctor or therapist. A professional can diagnose your condition and offer sound treatment plans.
Whiplash symptoms might not manifest right away after the initial injury. Some people recover quickly after minor accidents and don’t develop any chronic symptoms. However, some can experience issues even years after the incident. Treatment will depend on the type of symptoms you experience and may include:
Painkillers: You may be prescribed to take pain medication like ibuprofen or naproxen. This will help reduce pain and swelling in your neck. Be sure to check with your doctor before taking them with other medicines.
Ice packs: Swelling and pain can be reduced by applying an ice pack to your neck for about 15 minutes every 3 to 4 hours for 2 to 3 days after the injury. Remember to wrap the ice pack in a thin towel to prevent the direct cold from hurting your skin.
Neck brace or collar: A neck brace or collar can provide support to your neck for a short amount of time. Long-term use is not recommended as it can cause your neck muscles to weaken.
Massage: Massage can help relieve pain, help blood circulation, and promote overall well-being.
Preventing whiplash is difficult when caused by an accident, but some things you can do to reduce your risk of experiencing whiplash are:
To learn more about how European Massage and Physiotherapy Center treats whiplash, contact us. You can book a free consultation.