A neck injury is one of the most painful and uncomfortable things you’ll ever experience, but there are ways to treat it so that you recover quickly as you can.
Dealing with whiplash injury doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck, even as your neck and shoulders ache and your head spins. In fact, you can take steps to reduce your recovery time as quickly as just a few hours after the road traffic accident that led to your neck injury, and as long as you follow up these swift actions with a timely trip to your doctor (and maybe your local personal injury lawyer as well), you can end up on the road to recovery before you even know it.
Waste no time in beginning treatment
One of the very first things that happens once you sustain a soft tissue injury to your neck is that your body triggers an inflammatory response, which leads to painful swelling of the neck. However, this inflammation can actually make whiplash injury worse, as the sudden swelling can oftentimes lead to increased soft tissue injury.
What you can do to counteract this possibility is to ice your neck repeatedly during the first 48 hours following the injury in an effort to reduce the inflammation. When you ice your neck, never apply ice directly to the skin – wrap it in cloth or use a cold compress – and never ice the area for more than 10 minutes every two hours, as any longer could lead to an even stronger inflammatory response as the body increases blood flow to the injured area even more to counteract the cold.
Seek medical attention
Even if you hate sitting about in the doctor’s office, you need to go to our GP as soon as possible for a detailed examination if you’re suffering from a neck injury that you suspect may be whiplash. Doing so will only benefit you, as your doctor will be able to determine what course of treatment you need and will make sure to educate you as to how you should proceed in order to maximise your recovery.
One of the most important things your doctor will undoubtedly tell you is to actually not rest or immobilise your neck during your recovery period. The newest medical research says that wearing an immobilising collar or engaging in excessive bed rest can lead to a lengthening of the time it takes to heal from a whiplash injury, and that the best way to speed recovery is to engage in physiotherapy that focuses on keeping your neck mobile; however, many people still assume the same old whiplash treatments are the best because they don’t visit their doctor, only to end up making matters worse for them as a result!
Finally, you shouldn’t discount the fact that you may need to approach a whiplash claims solicitor if you’ve been injured severely enough to miss work. You’re entitled to compensation if you were injured through no fault of your own, and with so many whiplash injuries caused by being struck from behind, more than a few of these instances have resulted in a personal injury compensation payment being made to the injured party.
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