When you get whiplash, you may not feel any whiplash symptoms of pain until a few days after. This is why it is important to see a doctor promptly after the injury.
The main whiplash symptoms to look out for are normally located in the neck or upper back. You may also experience other whiplash symptoms, such as:
- Shoulder pain
- Blurred vision
Whiplash Injury to the the neck is the most common injury to be caused from a car accident. Most cases of whiplash will heal in a matter of weeks as the soft tissues of the neck mend naturally. Even though the soft tissue heals itself, you may continue to feel the stress of the neck pain and headaches months after the accident has happened. It is important that you identify any whiplash symptoms you have.
The main treatment for soft tissue injury’s to neck will normally include chiropractic adjustment, physical therapy and wearing a neck collar.
If you do find yourself having to wear a neck collar for treatment, your doctor would normally advice you to wear it for up to three weeks to let the healing take its place. Neck collars help you by supporting your head and limiting the movement, making sure you don’t strain your injury and giving your muscles chance to heal. Allow time for your body to recover after whiplash injury.
Patients who start physical therapy sooner usually recover fully in a matter of weeks, that is unless there are structural injuries to the neck and shoulders. Therapy treatments usually include soft tissue massage, cold treatments- this is to help with stiffness, therapeutic ultrasound or electrical stimulation- to increase blood circulation.
Chiropractors specifically work on the spine, making adjustment to improve the damaged nervous system, allowing the body to heal naturally. The main chiropractic procedure is spinal manipulation. This restores the alignment of your spine.
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