Whiplash

Whiplash is a popular term for the neck sprain or neck strain that occurs after the sudden jolting forward and backward of the neck, similar to the crack of a whip (from which it gets its name). When the head unexpectedly jerks back and forth, the muscles and tendons in the neck get pulled and strained, causing 'neck strain.'

Whiplash


Whiplash is a popular term for the neck sprain or neck strain that occurs after the sudden jolting forward and backward of the neck, similar to the crack of a whip (from which it gets its name). When the head unexpectedly jerks back and forth, the muscles and tendons in the neck get pulled and strained, causing 'neck strain.'



Whiplash is a popular term for the neck sprain or neck strain that occurs after the sudden jolting forward and backward of the neck, similar to the crack of a whip (from which it gets its name). When the head unexpectedly jerks back and forth, the muscles and tendons in the neck get pulled and strained, causing 'neck strain.' Neck sprain occurs when there is a tear in the ligaments connecting the bones. However, the symptoms of these two are almost identical. 

Symptoms of whiplash include:


  • Neck pain and stiffness

  • Fatigue or dizziness

  • Loss of range of motion

  • Shoulder, upper back, or arm tenderness 

  • Tingling or numbness in the arms

  • Headaches


This rapid back-and-forth motion is most commonly a result of a motor vehicle accident—particularly a rear-end accident. Sports athletes, such as football or rugby players, also experience whiplash from tackles and falls that can happen during a game. Physical trauma from abuse or accidental falls can also cause whiplash. 


Some recover from whiplash in a few weeks, while others experience more severe symptoms, and recovery can take months to years. Recovery often involves rest, pain mediation, and active rehabilitation. Active rehab is a personalized rehabilitation program involving stretches and exercises that strengthens the muscle, reduces pain, and improves blood circulation in the area. No active rehab program is the same. The exercises advised to you by the physical therapist won't be the same recommended to another individual. This type of treatment program ensures long-lasting relief and the prevention of future injury.


If you were in a motor vehicle accident, ICBC may offer coverage for Active Rehab, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, and Clinical Counselling treatment for your injuries. At Inspine Therapy, we make your recovery easier by offering direct billing to ICBC—so you won't have to pay out of pocket. Learn more about our direct billing options here.


Can you prevent whiplash?


No, there's not much you can do to prevent whiplash since it often stems from an unexpected accident. However, you can always wear proper protective gear like a seatbelt in the car or a helmet during sports games to reduce the severity of the symptoms. As well, doing exercises to strengthen your neck muscles will help prevent future injury. 


How else can you treat whiplash?


These are some other ways you can treat whiplash:

  • Use a hot or cold pack. The ice pack will help reduce pain and swelling. The hot pack will relieve any muscle tension.

  • Pain medication. Over-the-counter drugs or pain medication prescribed by a doctor may help with temporary pain relief.

  • Wear a neck brace. A doctor may recommend you to temporarily wear a neck brace to help your neck support your head.

  • Massage therapy. Trigger point and friction massage are examples of techniques that can help relieve tension and stiffness in the neck. 


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