Whiplash, while commonly associated with auto accidents, can happen with a slip, fall, or any sudden, unexpected force on the neck. Muscles are always involved as this is primarily a soft tissue injury and often includes damage to ligaments and joints. Left untreated, it can lead to loss of range of motion in the neck, neck stiffness, and arthritis leading to intense arm and hand pain years down the road. Don’t ignore this condition as the pain often disappears but the dysfunction stays.
What causes whiplash?
Although commonly associated with auto accidents, whiplash can happen with a slip, fall, or any sudden, force on the neck. Muscles are always involved as this is primarily soft tissue injury and often includes damage to ligaments and joints as well.
What are symptoms of whiplash?
History of neck trauma (even years ago), loss of range of motion, pain when looking up and pain radiating down the shoulders or arms are possible signs of a whiplash injury.
How do you treat whiplash?
Active Release Techniques can restore joint mobility and reduce muscular tightness or spasms. This will allow you to return to full pain free ranges of motion. Depending on the nature of the accident, specific stretching and rehab exercises will be prescribed to assure long lasting relief.