We’ve all heard of heat packs and ice packs, both of which can be recommended for certain injuries. But which one should you use for whiplash – heat or ice?
Most cases of whiplash naturally get better in time. Being properly diagnosed by your GP (or a doctor in a casualty department if you attended one after the accident), will help you manage your symptoms. They should provide advice on how best to alleviate any pain you feel, as well as easing the stiffness that is likely to be felt in your neck.
Whiplash – heat or ice instructions
If you guessed one or the other, you’re right. They both have a role to play in helping people with whiplash reduce the symptoms they feel. For example, immediately after the accident and for the first two or three days, you should use an ice pack to reduce any swelling in your neck. Use this for no more than 10 minutes at a time, and ensure you do so several times each day.
Once that period has passed, you can move on to warm compresses. Wheat bags can work for this, as can hot water bottles (make sure the water isn’t boiling and the bottle has a protective cover on it to prevent burns). You can use these for a maximum of 15 minutes at a time and again you should use them several times daily. Both these methods will help reduce your symptoms and make your neck feel better, gradually moving you towards recovery.
Can you claim for whiplash injuries that have since fully resolved themselves?
The short answer is yes, but with a caveat – there must be evidence of negligence that supports the theory someone else caused the accident. Witnesses might prove another driver crashed into your car, for example, and other evidence might prove an employer was negligent in not preventing a fall in which you suffered from whiplash.
Whatever situation you are in, and whether you are still suffering from whiplash or not, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500. We can take calls from mobile phones as well, on 0333 500 0993. The online test takes just 30 seconds to complete and could also reveal whether you may be able to claim. And remember to take care of your whiplash – heat or ice could equally help at the right times.
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