Whiplash Treatment

So you’ve compared your symptoms to the list in the past article and it checks out: you have whiplash. No big deal, now that you know about it, you can get it properly treated. And by treating it properly, you dramatically reduce the odds that it’ll come back to bite you later in life.

We wish we could give you a “magic bullet” cure to whiplash. It’s very painful and uncomfortable, and can be debilitating.

But there is no magic bullet. The best solution is to seek professional medical treatment as quickly as possible. Doing so will decrease the odds of whiplash turning into something much more difficult to deal with later in life.

If there’s one thing we’d like to get across on this website, it’s that whiplash is a severe condition. Not that it’s severe in its symptoms – in many cases, whiplash is relatively simple to deal with.

But it’s severe when you consider future consequences. It’s easy to think “chronic pain” and not consider it a real issue. But the reality is, chronic pain isn’t a big deal… until you start experiencing it.

When you have pain that simply doesn’t go away, it changes the way you think about life. Where before, all ailments eventually went away, chronic pain doesn’t. Therefore, instead of finding a cure, the best bet is a “treatment,” usually a pharmaceutical regiment involving pain killers and other drugs.

This is why treatment is so incredibly important. With proper treatment, you can escape chronic pain. However, ignoring whiplash will likely lead to many difficulties down the road, chronic pain and hampered movement are two major ones to consider.

In this article, we’ll discuss treatments for symptoms. This is crucial to note, because we’re not talking about curing your whiplash. No, use these treatments to ease your pain. But for total relief, we can’t stress it enough: get medical attention!

Potential Treatments

1) Massage Therapy – Massage therapy is a great way to get relief from muscle soreness and pain. However, it’s vitally important you find a massage therapist accustomed to dealing with whiplash patients. In some cases, vigorous massages on damaged portions of the neck and spine can aggravate the injury, leading to more pain and increased odds of future pain.

When experiencing whiplash pain, it can be tempting to massage your own “pain spots.” Rubbing the neck repeatedly, for example, is something that’s commonly done after waking up with a sore neck.
Avoid doing this with a whiplash injury, as you never know how extensive the damage is (until you’ve been checked, that is!).

2) Ice Packs – Ice packs are a great way to relieve severe pain. With an ice pack, you can often go about your daily activities without worrying about pain stopping you. That being said, even if the pain is reduced by an ice pack, be careful not to over-strain your neck or spine again.

3) Anti-Inflammatory Drugs – Since much of the pain stemming from whiplash is caused by inflammation, taking anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen) can both relieve pain and prevent further self-inflicted damage.

4) Apple Cider Vinegar – Due to one of its main ingredients, potassium, apple cider vinegar can do wonders for pain caused by whiplash. And it’s very easy to take every day. Simply put two tablespoons of ACV in an 8 oz. cup, then fill the remainder up with water. Drink once or twice per day for one week, check to see if pain has decreased.

With these treatments, it’s possible to mitigate and reduce pain caused by whiplash. But remember why pain is there in the first place: to tell you something is wrong.

If you feel you may have whiplash, before using these remedies, see your doctor. Why before? Because these remedies can ease pain, which is only one symptom of whiplash. Therefore, you may make the pain go away, but damage can still remain, causing you problems like chronic pain years down the road.