Whiplash refers to a neck injury that frequently occurs from a car accident or strenuous physical exercises. When the head suddenly moves backward and forward in a sort of “whipping motion,” the ligaments and muscles of the neck stretch beyond their normal range of motion, resulting in injury.
Whiplash injuries can be treated in several ways. Treatment modalities include: ice packs on the injured area for 15-20 minutes daily; heating pads; or the use of a special pillow or a rolled towel during sleep. Patients can also use a foam collar to support the neck. While the neck is stiff it is important to avoid heavy physical activities like weight lifting, running and other sports.
If the problem persists, and the pain is unbearable, visiting a board certified neck and spine specialist like Dr. Rahul Shah can help. He canprovidethe best diagnostic and treatment options. By thoroughly examining and evaluating the different causes of whiplash. While the symptoms of whiplash can be debilitating, the right therapeutic interventions often result in dramatic improvements.