(Cervical Sprain and Neck Muscle Strain)
- Spraining the neck ligaments
- Straining the neck muscles
- Injury to cervical discs
- Possible nerve injury
|Process Leading to Whiplash|
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- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sporting events that include full contact
- Stiff neck
- Neck pain
- Numbness or tingling
- Shoulder pain and stiffness
- Decreased range of neck motion
- Muscle spasms
- Pain, numbness, or tingling extending down an arm
- Unusual fatigue
- Use an ice pack for the first few days, then switch to a heat pack. Apply for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day. Place a towel between the ice or heat pack and your skin.
Medications such as:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Prescription pain relievers
- Muscle relaxants
- Moving as able—strict rest may slow recovery
- Physical therapy and exercises
- Joint manipulation of the spine done by a chiropractor or other trained provider
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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://orthoinfo.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Healthy Canadians http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Teresa Briedwell, DPT, OCS
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 06/24/2013 -
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