Whiplash Injuries: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

 

Whiplash injury can be defined as a type of neck injury caused by sudden movement of the head. A neck strain is also called whiplash. This type of injury is usually associated with a car accident. It is also very common among amateur athletes. Whiplash is not a very serious issue; however, it can give you lots of trouble. This injury will not let you concentrate on your daily works. It is necessary to take action to get relief from this injury.

More often a neck train is confused with neck sprains. The damage to the tendons or muscles causes neck strain, whereas tear of the ligaments leads to a neck sprain. According to the statistics, 2.3 million people are injured or disabled due to road accidents. As whiplash is usually associated with car accidents, you may have got an idea about how common the whiplash injury really is. In this article, we will be discussing all the necessary information you should know about whiplash injuries.

What are the Causes of Whiplash Injuries?

You may suffer from whiplash injury if your head is thrown sideways, forward, or backward violently. Some of the common causes of whiplash injuries are:

  • Collisions and road traffic accidents
  • It can occur when you get a sudden blow in your head.
  • A fall where your head jolts backward all of a sudden.
  • Head struck by a heavy object

Whiplash

What are the Symptoms of Whiplash Injuries?

There are many symptoms of whiplash injuries, and some of the common ones are:

  • The experience of pain, stiffness, and decreased capacity to move your neck.
  • Difficulty in moving your head forward, backward, or side to side.
  • Headache
  • Jaw pain
  • Dizziness

There are cases where the patients immediately feel the pain in their neck. However, there are also cases where the patients feel the pain after a few hours or days. The study shows that sometimes the blow on the head may even lead to the concussion. If your headache or injury gets worse, then you may need an immediate cure. Consult your doctor without wasting your time in that case.

Treatment for Whiplash Injuries
There are many treatment methods to get relief from the injury. Some of the methods to treat whiplash injuries are as follows.

1. Ice Pack

Ice Pack

Applying an ice pack is the first thing you can easily do at your home. You will experience a sudden relief from your pain after you apply an ice pack to your neck. Apply an ice pack for 15 minutes in regular Intervals For 2-3 Days. To Prevent The Skin Injury, You Should Wrap Ice In A Clean Cloth Or A Thin Towel.

2. Apply Moist Heat

You can apply moist heat to your neck only after a few days of applying ice pack regularly to your neck. Furthermore, you should also make sure your initial swelling has disappeared before applying moist heat. It will help in providing relief from your pain. You can use warm wet towel to apply moist heat to your neck.

3. Neck Braces or Collar

You can add support to your neck by wearing a neck brace or collar. However, you should ask your doctor before wearing a neck brace or collar. Don’t use it as a long term treatment method because it may weaken your neck muscles.

4. Medications

There are many medicines that can help you to get relief from your pain and swelling. You can consume painkillers and muscle relaxants to relieve your pain. However, you should only consume it after taking permission from your doctor. The study shows that improper consumption of painkillers can lead to various other adverse conditions like depression, constipation, hormone imbalance, and more.

5. Other Treatment Methods

There are other treatment methods like ultrasound, massage, and other therapies that can help you to get rid of your pain. It is necessary to consult with your doctor before trying other treatment methods.

Other Treatments

Final Verdict

If you’re suffering from whiplash injury, then you should consult your doctor. Your doctor will suggest the right treatment method to help you heal at a quicker pace. We cannot say how much time it takes for whiplash injury to heal. It depends on the severity of your injury. It may take from a few days to a few weeks for your injury to heal. After your acute symptoms disappear, your doctor may suggest you start rehabilitation. It will help to enhance the strength of your neck.
After you recover from your injury, do try to prevent yourself from the similar injury in the future. You can try some neck exercises and stretches in a regular interval to strengthen your neck muscles. The study shows that regular workouts can significantly enhance the strength of the muscles. Prevention is always better than cure.

References

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3364720/
  • http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Whiplash/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Take Action: Support Consumer Health Digest by linking to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (Click to copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite ConsumerHealthDigest.com with clickable link.

 
 
Author

Expert Author : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.