Symptoms and Treatment of Whiplash

whiplashWhiplashes vary in their symptoms. Neck pains are the most common and the major symptoms of whiplash. Numbness of arms, shoulder or hands is most commonly seen in these patients. Headaches and vision related problems are other symptoms of whiplash which cannot be neglected and must be taken into consideration, and a few lots of people even experience hearing difficulties and dizziness.

There are various set of treatments for Whiplash. Quebec task force have recommended that individuals who are a victim of whiplash associated disorder grade 1-2 must be involved in motion related exercises, mobilizations, and manipulations.   Drugs like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and Non-narcotic analgesics can also be prescribed if the case comes under WAD 3 or WAD3. But the use of these drugs should be limited. They can only be used up to the period of 3 weeks only, not more than that. A cervical collar must be used within the period of 72 hours, i.e. 3 days from the first one or it might lead to a series of inactivity for many years. Doctors treating patients with such type of injuries always encourage their patients to perform natural activities, as that might lead to a fast recovery.

The national institute for Neurological disorders and stroke has taken a little bit more different approach to these injuries which includes pain medications, antidepressants ,the use of muscle relaxants and cervical collar apart from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug which was already recommended by Quebec Task Force (QTF). As said earlier these medicines must not be taken for more than 3 days in a row. Apart from drugs and medications, the national institute for neurological disorders and stroke has also prescribed exercises related to motion, physical therapies and cervical traction. To relive muscle tension they recommend the use of supplemental heat applications.

There are many healthcare clinics that you can approach. Chiropractic wellness care is one such noted clinics which are very famous in dealing with injuries related to whiplash, you can always approach these clinics to get treatment.

During treatments the important parts that doctors concentrate are:

  • Spinal motion.
  • The way in which the victim holds on to his/her body
  • The damage that have occurred to the nerves and spinal cord of these victims.
  • The present status of the joints, muscles and Ligaments.

 

Though these treatments might work out, but always keep in mind that “Prevention is better than cure” .There is no substitute for prevention.

Hence always consider these 4 points to avoid whiplashes.

  • Use headrests in cars and wear helmets while driving motor vehicles.
  • Use headrests effectively and make sure that they are not lesser than your height.
  • While performing exercises make sure that you don’t give a lot of stress to your neck.
  • Approach the concerned doctor immediately if you get any sort of neck pain.

While getting treated for whiplash injuries don’t go for ordinary doctors, just take an advice or two from your nearest doctor and then go for specialist doctors to get it treated. Never neglect any of the neck pains. Communicate properly with the doctor who is treating you, never hide any of your pains, and always be frank.

Article publié pour la première fois le 07/08/2012

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