If you’ve sustained a whiplash injury in Charlestown the chances are it will heal itself given time. According to the NHS website, the average time it takes to recover from a typical whiplash injury is 32 days. However, sometimes symptoms last far longer, and if they last more than six months, this is what is termed ”chronic whiplash”, or “late whiplash syndrome.”
Undertaking gentle neck exercise
The most important thing, if you’ve been unfortunate enough to sustain a whiplash injury, is to keep your neck mobile. This is best achieved by undertaking some gentle neck exercises which either your doctor or your physiotherapist can show you. If you’re undergoing regular physiotherapy sessions, it’s likely that your physiotherapist will encourage you to carry out daily exercises at home. If you begin these exercises at an early stage, they will increase your neck’s functionality and help to speed up recovery.
Avoid keeping your neck still
The worst thing to do is keep your neck still. This encourages it to stiffen up, adversely affect your neck’s mobility, and will add delay to the recovery process. That’s why, unless there are further complications beyond the whiplash injury itself, no doctor will normally prescribe the wearing of a neck brace or collar.
Movements will undoubtedly be painful in the early stages, and your doctor will therefore probably prescribe painkillers and/or NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs). These will help to manage the pain, allowing you to retain maximum mobility, and will help to keep any inflammation in check.
When a whiplash injury in Charlestown is diagnosed as chronic whiplash syndrome
If having suffered a whiplash injury in Charlestown, your symptoms reveal you have chronic whiplash syndrome, treatment is much the same as for ordinary pre-whiplash. Your doctor will advise you about appropriate medications to take if the course of medication is on-going for several months. In cases of chronic whiplash self-care is an important factor, and will help to minimise the recovery duration.
The following measures of self-care will help to prevent whiplash syndrome from worsening, and enable you to manage the condition more comfortably.
- Try to maintain a good upright posture. Keep your back as straight as possible while sitting, standing and walking. If you spend a lot of time at work sitting, and you use a computer, ensure your workstation is correctly adjusted.
- A firm pillow can be used when sleeping to give your neck support. Don’t, however, use more than one pillow.
- Gentle stretching exercises (such as yoga) will help to maximise mobility and functionality. They are however unlikely to help with the pain.
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