11th March, 2017
We tend to think of whiplash as something that happens when you’ve been in a car accident but you can actually develop it in a number of other ways too. For example during sports or after a fall.
Most people don’t have symptoms immediately but experience a gradual increase in pain and stiffness in the spine, commonly the neck, within a few hours or the next day after an incident. Dizziness and headaches are also common.
Whiplash symptoms may actually worsen for several days and how you take care of yourself during this phase can make all the difference to the speed of your recovery.
Move your chin down to your chest and back to the middle again.
Sit upright and turn your head to look over one shoulder (imagine drawing a line on the horizon with your nose). Turn to the opposite side.
Sit upright and tip your ear towards one shoulder. Now tilt to the opposite side.
Sit upright and turn your upper body to one side. Now turn the other way.
Try not to worry … most people make a good recovery from whiplash but if you still have significant symptoms or you’re not back to doing most of your usual activities after 6 weeks, make an appointment to see your GP.
A few precautions …
If you experience any combination of dizziness, double vision, difficulty speaking, difficulty swallowing, fainting or collapse, significant nausea, numbness around your mouth or lips, a metallic taste in your mouth or difficulty controlling your legs the urgent medical advice is required. Go straight to your local A&E department.
Give us a call if you have any questions,
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