WHAT IS WHIPLASH?
Sprain of the ligament within the neck or strain of the neck muscle is called "Whiplash". It is seen in most of the cases that the injured muscles are usually Longus colli, sternocleidomastoid and Levator. Sometimes, if the severity of the injury is high, then nerve structure is damaged and cervical vertebrae can be fractured.
SYMPTOMS OF WHIPLASH * Lightheadedness or dizziness.
* Cervical spine movement is restricted and range of motion is decreased.
* Pain and stiffness of the neck that usually will develop over a period of 2-4 days.
* Blurry vision usually lasting less than 24 hours. If symptoms continue to persist for more than 24 hours, then should consult the doctor immediately.
* Pain associated with stiffness will last for days to weeks which usually depend on the severity of the injury.
TREATMENT OF WHIPLASH * Seek immediate medical attention and get the cervical spine and neck evaluated for nerve damage and fractures.
* As an initial treatment, application of ice 4-5 times a day in the first 2-4 days of injury is suggested.
* Earlier cervical collars used to be recommended as a treatment modality in case of whiplash injuries, but nowadays range of motion exercises and mobilisation exercises are widely recommended. * Once pain and inflammation subsides, then start gentle range of motion of the neck by moving it in all directions. Make sure that there is no pain while doing this and repeat it once in every two hours.
* Start moving neck for all movements slowly and keep increasing the movements day by day.
* Deep tissue massage and manipulation should be started after 72 hours of acute phase. This will help in restoring the normal range of motion of the neck.
* Once pain-free neck range of motion is obtained, strengthening and stretching exercises can be started with the help of a #deeptissue #legs #pregnancy #sportsmassage #natural #gym #healthylifestyle #physicaltherapy #fit #bodywork #relax #body #massage #muscles #lmt #bodybuilding #thaimassage #physio #anatomy #fitfam #spa #health #recovery #gains #injury #massagetherapy