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Neck Pain or Headaches after a Car Accident? You Might Have Whiplash!

Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip. It mainly occurs during a rear-end auto accident, this injury can also be sustained through physical abuse, sports or other trauma.

Common signs and symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, stiffness, and headaches.

 Most people with whiplash get better within a few weeks by following a treatment plan that includes pain medication and Physical therapy in the form of exercise, soft tissue manipulation, ergonomics education as well as modalities. However, some people have chronic neck pain and other long-lasting complications.

Whiplash may be called a neck sprain or strain, but these terms also include other types of neck injuries.


Signs and symptoms of whiplash usually about 24 hours of the injury and may include:


How can I manage my symptoms?


-Your Doctor could prescribe Pain medications (over-the-counter or prescription) as well as some muscle relaxers

-A cervical collar may be used for the first few days, but use should be limited to the time period prescribed

-Cold packs or ice can be applied to the neck to minimize swelling and pain. Apply ice/cold to the neck area for 7-10 mins

-Limit motion of the head and neck until pain and muscle tightness is gone.

-Limit strenuous activities such as sports or heavy lifting.

-Physical therapy – A physical therapist will create an individualized plan to help manage your symptoms and improve your functional abilities. These will be in the form of range of motion exercises, muscle strengthening, soft tissue mobilization as well as modalities may be prescribed.






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