No single treatment has been scientifically proven as effective for whiplash, but pain-relieving medications such as Motrin or Aleve along with gentle exercises, physical therapy traction, massage, heat, ice, injections and ultrasound all have been helpful for certain patients. (4)
Though some physicians may recommend wearing a cervical collar to reduce mobility or chances of impact on the neck, recent studies have shown that encouraging mild but active movements help speed up recovery.
Prevention of whiplash injuries can be practiced by developing good sporting techniques, practicing safe driving techniques, and inculcating a good working, bending, sitting and walking posture.
The discomfort during the healing period can be mitigated by using a neck-supportive pillow designed specifically for this purpose and made available through pharmacists. Light yoga exercises could also aid in improving and strengthening the muscles around the neck.
1. eMedicineHealth.com; Whiplash Symptoms; William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine. August 2010; Web 7 Sept. 2011.
2. NHS Choices; Whiplash - Diagnosis; October 2010. Web 7 Sept. 2011. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Whiplash/Pages/Diagnosis.aspx
3. National Institute of Neurological Disorders And Stroke: NINDS Whiplash Information Page; February 2011; Web 7 Sept. 2011. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/whiplash/whiplash.htm
4. WebMD.com; Pain Management- Whiplash; Reviewed by the doctors at The Cleveland Clinic Neuroscience Center; March 2007.Web 7 Sept. 2011. http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/pain-management-whiplash
INFORMATION IN THIS ARTICLE IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE. ALL INFORMATION GIVEN IS TO BE CHECKED WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE IMPLEMENTING OR TAKING THEM AS STANDARD OR VERIFIED.
Mamta Singh is a published author of the books
Migraines for the Informed Woman – Tips From A Sufferer: ISBN: 978-81-291-1517-1
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