Whiplash Complications and Treatment Options
Whiplash involves pain that no one wants to deal with regardless of the initial cause of the injury. Maybe it was something as simple as the driver behind you checking a text instead of paying attention to the road, and now you have to deal with the consequences, and not just that one day but perhaps for many months and years to come. That is why it is important to seek the proper treatment for whiplash as soon as possible when an injury occurs.
While many just feel like they can “wait out” the pain with bed rest, it is important to stop the damage caused by a whiplash injury from continuing to worsen. Consider the following suggestions for ways to cope with such an injury.
4 Whiplash Treatments
Cold – Ice immediately following an injury is important. This reduces inflammation. Place an ice pack on your neck for 20 to 30 minutes every few hours. Be sure to wrap the ice pack in a cloth towel so that it does not touch your skin directly.
Heat – After you have used ice for a few days, you can switch over to heat. Heat improves blood flow. You don’t want to do this until the swelling has gone down, which is why you want only to use ice for a few days before switching to heat.
Cervical Collar – If recommended by your doctor, you may end up wearing a neck brace to keep everything aligned properly. However, this is not always the best way to treat whiplash, so only get such a collar if a doctor suggests it.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic – An upper cervical chiropractor will make gentle adjustments that do not involve any popping or twisting that could further damage neck tissue.
Consequences of Whiplash
Hyperextension of the neck can lead to many other chronic issues including migraines, vertigo, and various systemic health conditions. To avoid these consequences, seek the assistance of an upper cervical chiropractor. We can correct any misalignments before further damage takes place.
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