Whiplash is a neck injury caused by a violent, quick back-and-forth movement of the neck, similar to whipping.
Rear-end collisions are the most common cause of whiplash. Sports accidents, physical abuse, and other sorts of traumas, such as a tumble, can all cause whiplash. Whiplash is commonly known as a neck sprain or strain, however, this terminology covers a wide range of neck injuries.
Following a treatment regimen that includes pain medication and exercise, most persons with whiplash recover in a few weeks. However, some people suffer from chronic neck pain and other long-term consequences.
Whiplash signs and symptoms commonly appear within days of the injury and include:
-Stiffness and pain in the neck
-Pain gets worse when you move your neck.
-A loss of neck range of motion
-Headaches, which usually begin around the base of the skull
-Pain or pain in the shoulder, upper back, or arms
-Numbness or tingling in the arms
Some people also suffer from:
-A ringing sensation in the ears (tinnitus)
-Disturbances in sleep
-Inability to concentrate
The severity of your whiplash injury will determine your treatment options. Some patients merely require over-the-counter drugs and in-home care. Prescription medicine, specialized pain treatment, or physical therapy may be required for others.
To relieve pain, your doctor may suggest one or more of the following treatments:
Rest may be beneficial for a day or two following your injury, but too prolonged bed rest may cause your recovery to be slowed.
-Cold or heat :
You can feel better by applying heat or cold to your neck for 15 minutes every three hours or so.