What to Know About Treating Whiplash on Your Own

by Feb 29, 2016Wellness0 comments

What you need to know about treating whiplash

Whiplash occurs when a body in motion comes to an abrupt halt. Energy is not dissipated in that interrupted forward motion unless something gets broken in the process of absorbing the energy driving the motion.

More often there is reverberation where the shockwave resulting from stopping is reflected off a hard surface such as bone, or is absorbed by soft tissues, e.g., ligaments, muscles, etc. Points of damage often is the neck or spine and the body can ache anywhere. Whiplash may impact the vertebrae and soft tissue involvement may bring pain throughout the body.

Why Injuries Vary

People differ in body elasticity. Flexible people may return to normal activities immediately, the whiplash resolving quickly. Others appear normal shortly after the trauma event, but may develop aches, pains, and body tenderness days or weeks later, dependent on individual physical differences.

Importance of Documenting Injury

Health care alternatives available today, require that the trauma event be documented with a physical examination by a physician. Head and neck pain, dizziness, hearing loss, etc. need evaluation by an audiologist, otolaryngologist, or others. If you are seeking compensation from an accident, Knochel Law Offices PC say to make sure you document these issues with your attorney as well.

The Self-Service Route

Many of us have suffered minor head or neck trauma over the years, sometimes many times, and using these self-treatments can sometimes be useful.

1. Keep up your daily routine the best you can. If you find you just cannot, contact your primary care doctor and explain the problem. Your M.D. may suggest medications or refer you to others.

2. Schedule your life, daily adding the things you have liked to do in the past. Getting back to normal is a process—you must decide how big the steps are to be to your recovery.

3. A variety of websites suggest flexibility exercises to regain neck and back mobility. Try some yoga postures for the spine and neck like cat/cow pose, child’s pose, and corpse pose. A yoga class can help identify more exercises that can help increase range of motion and limit the effects of whiplash.

4. Work on your posture and resist the temptation to “curl” which sometimes comes with this kind of trauma. Concentrate on keeping your head straight and tall. Your spine and the rest of your body will align.

5. You don’t have to do everything in one day. When you get to the point of neck strain, back off.

6. Let others know what happened and how you are doing. If there are some things you can’t do yet, explain.

Whiplash can be painful, and even debilitating. If you find you struggle to get back on track, use some of these methods to increase mobility and feel better faster.


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