Whiplash can occur even in minor car accidents. It’s the most common injury associated with auto accidents. Whiplash can also affect everyone in the vehicle at the time of the collision. At our Whiplash Clinic- Woodstock, Georgia, Dr. Kal can offer medical treatment for your whiplash to assist you to recover faster and ensure there are no long-lasting complications.
What You Need To Know About Whiplash
When a car turns, jerks, or stops too suddenly due to a collision, the resulting impact can cause the neck to jerk or turn. The sudden force on the head and neck can result in injuries, tears, and stretches to the tendons and muscles, which line your neck.
Whiplash, also referred to as neck strain or neck sprain, is often a painful injury that you cannot ignore. Some symptoms may include:
- Headaches, particularly those at the base of the skull, which may radiate up towards the forehead
- Reduced range of motion
- Pain during neck or head movement
- Tenderness or tightness in the neck
Sometimes pain can appear hours or even days later. The stress of the situation can sometimes mask the pain from whiplash, making you feel that you haven’t been injured. Whiplash is known to be a painful injury, but symptoms don’t always appear immediately.
How Long Does Whiplash Last?
Minor whiplash will resolve itself in a few days, but more severe cases may take longer. Your recovery time depends significantly on the severity of your injury. Since everyone heals at his or her rate, the experience of each patient will be unique.
When the severe symptoms have passed, your chiropractor at Advanced Health Solutions Medical Center, Woodstock, Georgia may recommend rehabilitation to ensure the tendons and muscles are strengthened and flexible again after the injury. Remember, tendons and muscles can lose strength and tighten after injuries. Such condition can cause long-lasting pain or re-injury. Rehabilitation can include gentle stretching of your neck muscles to enhance flexibility.
Take your recovery slowly and start with physical activity only when your doctor at Whiplash Clinic- Woodstock, Georgia, advises you. Chronic neck pain can be the result of a whiplash injury that is repeatedly re-injured due to inadequate rehabilitation, or that was never able to heal fully.
Available Types of Treatment
When diagnosing whiplash, your chiropractor will consider your pain level, the specifics of your accident, and may use x-rays or other recommended tests to ensure there’s no additional damage to your neck.
The good news is that the muscles and tendons of your neck will heal with the right medical attention, treatment plan, and recovery time. While you should always follow the advice of your doctor, some common treatments can include:
- Neck collar or brace may help some patients. If you need extra support, a neck collar that your chiropractor can allow your neck to heal without further strain.
- Take painkillers if your doctor recommends it. Anti-inflammatory drugs can help with the swelling and pain, letting you rest and recover.
- Neck icing. It can help to reduce the swelling and pain.
- Other treatments such as massage, or moist heat after a few days of icing the area, can also boost your ability to recover from your injuries.
Seeking medical attention soonest can help ensure you have a treatment plan that’ll help your neck heal and recover fully from the injury as quickly as possible. It is a common injury in a car accident, but it does not have to hold you back for long.
Contact our Woodstock Whiplash Clinic today at (770) 212-3991 to schedule a free initial consultation with Dr. Kal.