If you are experiencing Neck pains, Headaches, Pain in the should and arm, or pain in the mid and lowers parts of your back, you may be suffering from Whiplash. Whiplash is a form of common injury that mainly occurs from car accidents when hit from behind. You may feel these symptoms immediately or later on. You may also feel other symptoms other than these because whiplash occurs in various forms depending on the individual.
Symptoms of Whiplash
If you feel a sudden onset of neck pain, especially when you are doing a particular activity you may be suffering whiplash. Whether you feel a sharp of dull pain, you may still be suffering whiplash. In most cases, the pain increases with the sustained posture or movement. At first, the pain may start in the neck, then it proceeds to the shoulders and the arms. You may also feel some headaches.
The pain may result to stiffness in the neck and restricted movement in this part of the body. You may feel that your head is heavy especially when you are trying to lift it off the pillow.
How to tell if it is actually Whiplash
A physiotherapist is enough to tell if you are actually suffering from Whiplash. You will need a thorough subjective and objective examination of the neck to tell if you are suffering from whiplash. However, to rule out if you are suffering from a serious injury, you need to do an X-ray, MRI or a CT scan.
The most common form of whiplash is the neck whiplash. A whiplash injury is a result of strain on the superficial muscles. To understand whiplash you need to know the anatomy of the neck. The neck is made up of seven bones that are joined from one level to the other by a joint that is on either side. A ligament and the deeper muscles connect these bones. The deeper muscles hold the posture of the body right while the superficial muscles product the movement.
The treatment of physiotherapy depends on the compliance of the patient to the required physical activity. The most essential part of the treatment is in sufficient rest from any activity that causes the pain. Stress on the neck should also be reduced by avoiding some activities. Prolonged sitting or standing or lying in poor posture should be avoided once you have realized that you suffer Whiplash.
You need strategic movement to enable the healing. What you need to do is turn the head to the right and left slowly every hour. You will then have to tip the head down to the right and left. Then you will look down and up before turning your body right and left.
You need a physiotherapist to take you through this process. The physiotherapist will take you through the initial stage for the first seven to ten days. Then there will be the repair phase that will last between twenty-one and twenty eight days. Then you will go through the remodeling stage, which is the longest stage before you resume your normal activities.