What to do if you sustain a whiplash injury?
Well initially it is important to get some appropriate pain relief which you can discuss with your GP. Hot and cold packs can also minimise swelling and help with the pain. In the past you will remember the foam neck braces were given. However now these are avoided as much as possible and if administered are only to be used for a short period of time.
Studies have shown that you should try and carry on with your normal activities to the best of your ability within your pain limitations. So that means listen to your pain and don’t force anything. All those small tissue structures are swollen and hurt and the last thing they need is further rapid sudden movements or overstretching to make them more aggravated.
So small neck movements to try and avoid any further loss of range is helpful but only within your pain limitations. Even some well explained strengthening exercises have been shown to be beneficial for the neck and upper back region.
Mobilisation is key, so getting joints moving is also been shown to be helpful in the recovery from whiplash associated disorder. This is where your osteopath can really help support your recovery and rehabilitation process.
The sooner you can get an assessment the sooner your osteopath can start working to help restore your body to normal function.