Whiplash (Neck Sprain)
The pain of whiplash is often hard to ignore. The symptoms may include:
- Pain, decreased range of motion, and tightness in the neck. The muscles may feel hard or knotted.
- Pain when rocking your head from side to side or backward and forward.
- Headaches at the base of the skull that radiate towards the forehead.
X-rays of the cervical spine may be performed to rule out other spinal problems or injuries.
The treatment includes:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve), will help with pain and swelling.
- Heat therapy to relieve muscle tension and pain
- Muscle relaxants
- Range of motion exercises and physical therapy
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