Top tips on preventing neck injuries

Top tips on preventing whiplashAn ounce of prevention is almost universally worth a pound in cure, so it’s important to know how to avoid suffering from whiplash altogether.

Like death and taxes, there are certain things in life that you can’t avoid no matter how hard you try. However, while there’s a certain amount of uncertainty when it comes to whether or not you’re going to be in the kind of road traffic accident that can lead to a whiplash injury, there are plenty of things you can do to minimise the risk of being involved in an incident that leads to the debilitating neck injury.

know the risks

When it comes to suffering from whiplash injury, it’s most common to have an incident arise from a car crash, sometimes even a minor one. However, there are actually quite a few risk factors that you should know about, as identifying these risk factors can allow you to take steps to avoid injury altogether.

While there are a myriad of factors regarding how prone a given person will be to suffering whiplash injury, and they range from how bad the crash is to the general level of health and fitness of those involved. However, medical analysis says that women aged 30 or younger are more prone to suffering injury due to a tendency to have generally weaker neck muscles, though anyone with an existing history of neck pain or injuries can also be of heightened risk for whiplash injury.

Even the most careful driver can get injured

One of the most frustrating things about whiplash injuries is they almost always occur after a rear end shunt. This means that there’s little you can do to avoid such an instance, as even if you’re the best and most careful driver in the world you don’t have any control over people in vehicles behind you.

However, you can take some steps to keep yourself safe behind the wheel, the most obvious one being making sure you develop a keen situational awareness. Keeping an eye on your mirrors and occasionally casting your eyes behind you to see if there are any inattentive or reckless drivers on the road to your rear can help to give you the warning you need to stay away from such a driver, which may result in not getting pranged from behind.

Keep yourself out of risky situations

Finally,  you’re going to need to alter your lifestyle if you’ve been injured in the past or currently suffer from neck pain. You simply need to avoid any situation that could put your upper spine at risk of another injury, such as going to fun fairs and riding roller coasters or thrill ides.

If you enjoy football or rugby, you should also take care, as sports with a high chance of physical contact with other players – especially collisions – can also trigger whiplash, so do your best to take it easy if you’re at risk for neck injury.

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