For those who haven’t heard of it, the term ‘whiplash’ could leave your imagination astray.
Before you ponder too much over it, Spinalogy Clinic, Pune is here to clarify what whiplash is and how it can be treated.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash in medical terms refers to an injury that occurs when the neck suffers a sudden jerk or jolt. This forces the neck backwards and then forwards, moving it beyond its usual range of motion, leading to damage in the muscles and tendons. The medical term for whiplash is Cervical Acceleration-Deceleration syndrome.
When whiplash occurs, the body is thrust forward but the neck moves backwards. This makes it lose its regular C-shaped curve, putting extreme stress on the inter-vertebral joints of the cervical spine. Then the head extends further behind and is suddenly thrust forward again. This jerking movement of the neck can cause damage to muscles, ligaments and even the nerves of the neck.
The most common example of a whiplash injury is when there is a rear-end car accident. However, whiplash can also occur during sports or even when one slips and falls. It is possible that whiplash may not be immediately noticed by either you or your doctor. You may have jerked your neck somewhere but symptoms such as pain may not appear immediately. Additionally, whiplash usually affects soft tissue and this is not readily picked up on imaging.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Even though it may take a while (usually within 24 hours of impact) for the symptoms of whiplash to appear, once they appear they can be quite painful. Apart from neck pain and stiffness, these are few other symptoms you may experience.
The severity of whiplash varies from patient to patient. Some may recover in a matter of days and for others it may become chronic.
Treatment for Whiplash at the Spinalogy Clinic, Pune varies from physical therapy to electrical stimulation to manual therapy and much more. Treatment could also include a combination of these methods as well. Let’s take a look at what some of these treatment methods entail.
There are many more ways to treat whiplash other than those mentioned above. Unfortunately though there is no evidence that clearly shows one method better than the other. Treatment for whiplash also varies from case to case.
Is Whiplash Preventable?
While accidents and injuries can’t be prevented, we can be better prepared to face whiplash. Exercising regularly and eating healthy for example help speed up the recovery process. Meanwhile using safety equipment like seat belts and head restraints correctly can go a long way in reducing the impact of whiplash.
If you are having neck pains that you think may be connected to an old whiplash injury, don’t waste time on treating it. Walk in to Spinalogy Clinic where our experienced team will help solve your neck pain or whiplash problems.