Treatment for Whiplash
There are many types of treatment for whiplash, the key is finding the right treatment for you. Below is a list of typical treatments and advice to aid your recovery:
Exercise - Aim to keep the affected area moving normally. The pain may be bad, and you may need to rest the neck for the first day or so. However, gently exercise the neck and or back as soon as you can. Gradually try to increase the range of movements. Every few hours gently move the neck and or back and continue this several times a day. Just continue with normal daily activities as much as you can.
Painkillers - These are often helpful and may be recommended by your doctor. Different types include paracetemol, ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen, codeine and sometimes muscle relaxants such as diazepam can be prescribed by a doctor. Most of the painkillers will need to be prescribed by a doctor but the usual paracetemol and ibuprofen can be bought over the counter at chemists.
Posture - Check that your sitting position at work or at the computer is not poor. Sit upright, and do not stoop or crane your neck.
A firm pillow – This can relieve your pain when sleeping. Try not to use more than one pillow.
Physiotherapy - Various treatments may be advised by a physiotherapist if the pain is not settling. These include traction, heat, manipulation and others. However, what is often most helpful is the advice a physiotherapist can give on exercises to do at home.
If you require any of the following treatment due to a whiplash injury and you did not cause this injury yourself, you may be able to claim compensation for the injury as well as the costs for these treatments.