Posted by | August 28 | 2018

Whiplash Prevention and Treatment

Those injured in car accidents often suffer neck muscle and surrounding soft tissue strain, also known as whiplash. Treatment under the care of a Physiotherapist or Chiropractor can assist in your recovery time and prevent the injury from recurring.

Whiplash may result in tender muscles and restricted neck movement which starts about 1-2 days after the incident. This injury type is usually short-lived and most people make a complete recovery. Many experience no interruption of their usual daily activities after a whiplash injury while those who do, usually improve after a few days or weeks and return safely to their daily activities.

Signs of a severe neck injury, such as a fracture, are usually seen in early assessments. Physiotherapists are trained to treat whiplash and watch for these signs.

Whiplash Treatment:

Successful treatment involves patient participation and active efforts to sustain regular activity. A physiotherapist will evaluate your whiplash injuries, and discuss options for rehabilitation treatment and pain relief.

Daily activity with whiplash Continuing normal activities and resuming neck movement as soon as possible is vital to recovery. Resting for more than a day or two typically does not help the injury and might instead extend pain and stiffness. A return to normal activity may include active treatment and exercises.

Cervical collars, or “neck braces,” prevent motion and may add to stiffness and pain. These devices are generally not recommended, as they have shown little to no benefit.

Tips for Recovery:

  • Avoid sitting in one position for long periods of time, and periodically stand and stretch.
  • Sit at your desk so that the upper part of your arm is close to your body, and your back and feet are well-supported.
  • Adjust your seat when driving so that your elbows and knees are freely bent.
  • When shopping or carrying items, use a cart or hold things close to the body for support.
  • Avoid contact sports or strenuous exercise for the first few weeks to prevent provocation of injury.
  • Adjust your pillow when sleeping to support the neck at a comfortable height.

How can whiplash be prevented?

Properly adjusting the height of your seat’s head rest will help avoid whiplash injury in an accident. The top of the head should be in line with the top of the head restraint and there should be no more than 2-5 cm between the back of the head and the head restraint.

If you think you’ve suffered whiplash, MedRehab Group is here to help! MedRehab is a multidisciplinary clinic in the GTA who can properly assess a whiplash injury. Come by one of our clinics today or explore the rest of our site, to see the variety of services we offer.


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