Neck strain can result from any neck injury. One of the most common is whiplash, when the head is moved violently away from the body because of a sudden and powerful jerk or jolt. This most commonly occurs when driving a car that is hit from behind. In addition to a car accident, whiplash and other neck injuries can be caused by:
• A sudden blow to the head from contact sports, such as rugby, boxing, karate or football
• A horse riding or cycling accident
• Any fall which causes the head to violently jolt backwards
• Being hit on the head with a heavy object
Treat Your Injury within 72 Hours
When your neck has been injured, it’s important to be treated within 72 hours to give yourself the best chances for optimum recovery. Waiting to see a doctor may put you at risk and leave you without the critical documentation necessary to link your condition to your accident or workplace injury.
Neck Pain Treatment
When you visit Pain Stop Clinics, our doctors will ask how you injured your neck, where you feel the pain and to describe the pain. The doctor will check for any swelling and/or tenderness and your range of motion. An X-ray can determine if your pain is caused by a previous injury or a degenerative disease, such as arthritis.
Computerized tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) further allow doctors to check for damage to soft tissues, spinal cord and/or nerves.
In most cases, over-the-counter pain medications will be enough to treat your pain. More severe injuries may call for muscle relaxants to reduce spasms. Chiropractic care, massage and physio-therapy can also play crucial role in recovery.
How Quickly Should My Pain Subside?
With appropriate diagnosis and treatment, your prognosis for complete recovery is excellent. Over ninety percent of people with neck injuries recover completely and without incident. In the absence of complicating factors such as pinched nerves or degenerating discs, a healthy person should recover completely within a few days to a few weeks.
Be sure to call your doctor if:
• You develop new or increased weakness or numbness in your arms
• Pain becomes severe or lasts longer than two weeks
• Symptoms do not improve, or become more severe or frequent
Don’t Neglect Your Neck Pain
Often, people don’t go to the doctor after an accident because they don’t immediately feel pain; however in about half of all cases, pain and stiffness develop on the day after the accident.
Unfortunately, untreated whiplash and other neck injuries can turn into chronic neck pain. If this has happened to you, don’t give up hope. Pain Stop Clinics offer many ways to stop your chronic neck pain.
Neck Pain Treatment
• Chiropractic Therapy
• Physiotherapy Exercises
• Therapeutic Exercises
• Massage Therapy
• Pharmacological Intervention
• Radiofrequency Neuroablation
• Joint Injection
• Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block
• Trigger Point Injections
• Transforaminal Epidurals
• Nerve Blocks
• Medial Branch Blocks
• Interlaminar Epidurals
• Low-Dose Steroid Injections
• Cervical Facet Injection
Don’t Put Up with a Pain in the Neck
Call Pain Stop Clinics for Your Free Consultation Today