If you have been in a car accident and sustained a whiplash injury, then the road to recovery can be a long and painful one. After seeing a doctor, you may have been given limited advice on how to minimize your pain and hasten your recovery. Often this will be over-the-counter pain relievers or a heating pad, but this will bring limited relief. There are, however, many options available that you may find useful to reduce the time for healing and minimize your pain during this time. The following are few ideas that may be helpful.
You can visit a chiropractor
Chiropractors believe that many problems originate from a misalignment of the spine, and they have brought pain relief to many people with whiplash. You have probably heard about their services, but like many people, you have a limited understanding of what they do. Although they are known for their rapid adjustments to the spine and neck with precise holds and movements, they also employ various pressure using their hands or special instruments to particular points on your neck and back. They will first do tests, including X-rays, to determine the best course of treatment for your whiplash. Chiropractic therapy has become a mainstream treatment for auto injury accidents relating to the neck and is covered by many insurance plans.
You can get a neck and back massage
There are professionals who have knowledge of the body, and who can perform a focused massage on your neck and upper back to bring pain relief. Not only will this bring relief to your neck pain, but it will also help to shorten the healing time. Obviously, the pain relief will not be permanent, but you can see a massage professional regularly until your neck is healed. Often your primary care physician can recommend a professional who has knowledge of the muscles.
You can use a physical therapist
What a physical therapist can do for you is help you with specific exercises for your whiplash. Although you can do your own research to find some exercises, a professional will know which exercises are the best for your particular condition. They can also teach you the proper way to do them and help you with the proper amount of exercise for the extent of your whiplash injury.
A whiplash injury from a car accident is common, but the road to recovery can be long and painful. You can get relief from pain and shorten the time for recovery by using a chiropractor, getting a professional massage or using a physical therapist. You may find that no single professional is best for your condition but a combination of therapies works.
To learn more about auto accident injury treatment options, contact a professional.