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The Unbearable Pain of Whiplash

 
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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.

SOURCES:

1. eMedicineHealth.com; Whiplash Symptoms; William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine. August 2010; Web 7 Sept. 2011.
http://www.emedicinehealth.com/whiplash/page3_em.htm

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
(Publisher: Rupa & Co. URL: http://www.amazon.com/Migraines-Informed-Woman-Tips-Sufferer/dp/8129115174/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1298990756&sr=1-2)

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Please tell me more about this technique-it has been over a year since I was in a car accident and my neck and shoulders still hurt.

July 12, 2012 - 5:39pm

Thank you for sharing the information. I am sure it will help our readers.
Best regards,
Mamta

September 10, 2011 - 12:20am
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Anonymous

Whiplash can be causes by..."repetitive strain or overuse of neck muscles" Well then, I guess I treat whiplash. I teach the Alexander Technique is New York City. Most of the people that seek out an Alexander teacher come because of neck pain, back pain and bad posture. The Technique gets great results, because when you take some lessons in the Alexander Technique, you change your habits.
Mark Josefsberg- Alexander Technique NYC
www.MarkJosefsberg.com

September 9, 2011 - 9:36pm
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