If you have been in a car accident and are suffering any type of back, neck, or shoulder pain, it is likely caused by whiplash-associated disorder. Studies show that during a rear-impact car accident the lower cervical vertebrae (lower bones in the neck) whip backward, while the upper cervical vertebrae (upper bones in the neck) whip forward. The impact creates an s-shaped curve to the spine damaging ligaments, facet capsules, and muscles. The seat belt can also cause injury to the lower back and shoulders through rotational stress to the torso and spine.

Symptoms of Whiplash-Associated Disorder (WAD)

  • Pain in one or more areas
    • Neck
    • Shoulder
    • Lower Back
    • Arm
    • Jaw
  • Stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Visual Changes
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness in arms
  • Numbness and tingling

Studies show that stretching and strengthening exercises combined with mobilization and manipulation have the best success to decrease pain and improve motion. The studies show measurable improvement over pain medications, and even surgery. There are no long-term benefits to pain medications, but there are many negative consequences. Pain Stop Clinics offer injury pain management without resulting to opioids and all the risks involved.

One study published in the Emergency Medical Journal compared treatment of accident victims, one group used medications and a cervical collar, the other hands-on muscle and joint work. There was a significant improvement in the mobilization and exercise group of less pain and headaches compared to the medication and cervical collar group.

There are also some things you can do at home to help your healing process after an auto accident. Muscles heal better when they are hydrated, so drink plenty of water; this will help decrease muscle tightening and cramps. Rest also helps, that means more sleep and no strenuous use of the injured muscles. Yoga and stretching also helps to relax stiffness and get extra oxygen to the muscles through deep breathing.

While you can do all these recommended home treatments, you also need to listen to your body. Any sharp pains or worsening pain means you need to seek professional help. If you are limiting the activities you enjoy because of pain, contact Pain Stop Clinics today and get started on the road to a pain free life.

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