3 Ways to Avoid Longterm Pain After A Car Accident

Whiplash injury
3 Ways to Avoid Longterm Pain After A Car Accident

Here’s the serious truth about the long-term effects whiplash injuries: 25% of people who are injured in a car accident still have pain 5 years later. 

What can you do to manage your pain at home and reduce the impact of some of the injuries? 

Movement is Medicine!
1. Stay Mobile.

Turn your head to the right and left, up and down, side to side. Even bringing just a little movement into the area, helps the tissue heal better and stronger, and overtime helps to decrease pain. It may hurt a little when you start moving initially after the accident, but the more you move the better you will feel overtime. 

2. Use Cryotherapy.  

Decrease pain and inflammation by icing the affected area: alternating 10 minutes on/10 minutes off, repeatedly throughout the day. Consider using topical agents like BioFreeze, that activate the cold receptors in your body to create a cooling sensation similar to using ice. This is particularly helpful when you are on the go and unable to apply ice. 

3. See a Medical Professional.

If your car accident whiplash injuries persist, it is critical to seek an appropriate healthcare provider that can deliver evidence-based treatments. Spinal manipulation and other chiropractic adjustments, exercise, and managing your activities of daily living are clinically-proven ways to improve pain, inflammation and improve function overtime. 

If your pain is not significantly better within 7 days, seek treatment! 

1 in 4 people have pain lasting 5+ years after sustaining car accident injuries. Don’t wait to treat your pain!!

Have you or someone you know been in a recent car accident? Take your whiplash pain seriously. Stay mobile, use ice, and if you’re still in pain after 7 days, seek treatment!