Suffering from Whiplash?

What is Whiplash? Whiplash is an injury to the neck muscles, caused by the sudden jerk of the head in a forward and backwards motion. The force of this motion causes stretching and tearing of neck muscles and tendons. Whiplash can occur due to a variety of events, but most commonly in rear-end auto accidents. Pain may not present right away and may even take several days. It is possible that a concussion can occur in conjunction with whiplash, so it is important to see a doctor if you have symptoms of either condition.

What are the symptoms? Whiplash can be quite painful. Most symptoms improve within a few weeks, but in severe cases, there can be long-lasting complications. Typical symptoms include:

  • Tightness in the neck muscles, decreasing range of motion
  • Pain associated with moving head in all directions
  • Neck, shoulder, upper back and/or arm tenderness
  • Headaches radiating from the bottom of the skull to the forehead.
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Sleeplessness
  • Memory problems
  • Depression and irritability

What are the treatments? In many cases, whiplash will eventually heal on its own. However, there are treatments that can provide relief and speed healing. Before beginning a treatment plan, you should always consult your doctor.

  • Massage: Massage techniques can have a number of benefits, including general pain relief, increased oxygen to the tissue, restored fluidity to the fascia and release of tension.
  • Ice: Ice can be applied to the neck for 15 minutes every 3-4 hours, for up to 3 days.
  • Medication: Anti-inflammatory drugs can provide pain relief and help to reduce swelling. Be sure to check with a doctor if you take other medications or have another medical condition. Prescription painkillers may be provided if the pain is severe.
  • Moist heat: Moist heat can be applied, but only after the initial swelling has gone down and ice has been applied for 2-3 days.

Did you know? Delaware is a No Fault state for auto accidents. That means your auto insurance may pay for the cost of massage therapy if you have been injured in an accident, regardless of who was at fault. A doctor’s prescription and approval from the insurance company is required. If you meet these qualifications, we can help! Our experienced team will create a treatment plan and bill the insurer directly, so that you can focus on what’s most important, healing.