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Whiplash is a neck injury caused by a sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways.
This definition comes from the NHS who also say that while whiplash symptoms can take up to 12 hours to develop, they can get worse as time goes on. 12% of people suffering from whiplash still have problems six months later.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury then you should seek advice from your doctor. There are a few things that you can do though to help your recovery. Here are some tips for treating whiplash:
1. Keep your neck mobile
Doing some gentle neck exercises can help improve the movement in your neck and speed up your recovery from whiplash. Resting your neck and keeping it still won’t help you and that’s why the NHS don’t recommend the use of neck braces or collars for whiplash injuries.
2. But support your neck while you sleep
Keeping your neck moving during the day is important but think about using a firm pillow to help support your neck when sleeping.
3. Get physiotherapy as soon as you can
If your whiplash injury symptoms continue for a while then a physiotherapist can help you restore your range of movement and show you neck exercises you can do at home.
4. Maintain a good posture
Try not to stoop or slouch whilst sitting. Keep your back straight when you sit, stand or walk and speak to your employer if you need extra support whilst sitting at your desk at work.
5. Use painkillers
Paracetamol can be used to treat mild neck pain but see your GP if you are in severe pain. The NHS guidance on whiplash injuries gives more detailed advice about what painkillers to take.
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