Whiplash is an injury of the soft tissues in the neck, often resulting from rear-end collisions. The vehicle in front gets propelled forward so violently that its occupants experience a rapid back-and-forth movement in their necks. The muscles and ligaments go beyond their capacity, so they stretch and tear. Often, the pain is not immediately felt. It may take hours or days before symptoms start to appear.
Other factors, like slamming on the brakes or performing an overly enthusiastic dance move, can cause one’s head to jerk forward hard enough to hurt the neck. If the muscles are affected, it’s a strain. If the ligaments are affected, it’s a sprain. Either injury is not something to be dismissed.
But because whiplash is not immediately apparent, many people push it aside as a minor injury which resolves in time. That’s not the case for everyone. Untreated whiplash can lead to more serious complications, which in turn can lead to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. It can limit the normal range of head motion, and may even make some movements impossible.
The pain is not limited to the neck. It can radiate to the shoulders and upper back as well. Some people opt for painkillers, but that’s not sustainable for the long term. A complex type of pain like whiplash calls for pain management that involves different procedures and therapies. This method is not only more effective, but also safer.
For a pain management plan tailor-made for your specific needs, look no further than the Pain Stop Clinic near you. Schedule an appointment with us for a free consultation.