How Long Does It Take To Recover From Whiplash Injury?

Aug 8, 2016

For those who have been involved in a car accident near Atlanta, the exposure to sudden impact and force can cause the neck to jerk forward violently, causing what’s referred to as Whiplash Injury.

Whiplash is usually connected to some motor vehicle accident, although slip and fall accidents and sports injuries are also common ways patients sustain a Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD).

Recovering From Whiplash Injury

Most patients that visit our AICA Atlanta Chiropractors for Whiplash treatment immediately ask about the recovery process and how long it will take until they are completely back to normal.

Although the answer varies based on the unique characteristics of each patient’s individual injury, the average recovery rate is relatively high.

Physical activity and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle can help speed up the healing process since rest and inactivity can lead to long-term damage and disability.

Although Whiplash patients should reframe from following through with some intense workout, performing light exercises that are recommended by our Atlanta Chiropractors can help restrengthen the ligaments and muscles that run through your neck.

Here are some tips our Atlanta Chiropractors recommend when trying to recover from Whiplash injury completely.

Chiropractic Tips For Whiplash Patients

Maintain Correct Neck Posture

When going about your day, try to remember to keep the weight of your head back by keeping your chin at a ninety-degree angle with your neck.

Work On Flexibility

Depending on the extent of your Whiplash injury, your Chiropractor may recommend performing some sets that see you slowly flexing your neck forward and backward, from side to side, and left to right.

Following through with this recommendation three to six times each day can significantly help loosen up the joints that surround your neck and help you recover sooner.

Improve Neck Strength

Your Chiropractor may also recommend pushing your head gently and firmly against your hand in the six directions previously mentioned.

After this, try wrapping a towel around your head and with your hands behind your neck, slowly push your forehead against the towel. This type of resistance training can help restrengthen the damaged muscles in your neck and shoulders, while also improving your neck’s range of motion.

Performing Household Routines

If you need to lift or move anything heavy, try using a dolly to transport boxes and other objects from one place to another.

Exposing yourself to potential situations that can further damage your Whiplash injury is the last thing you want to do when trying to recover.

Allow yourself to ask others for help or see what types of devices your Chiropractor recommends that can help you follow through with your household routines.

Schedule A Chiropractic Adjustment With AICA Atlanta

Receiving a Chiropractic Adjustment guarantees complete Whiplash recovery when also supported with a healthy diet and dedication to the exercises that are recommended.

You can schedule an immediate appointment by filling out our online submission form or by calling our Atlanta office at (404) 889-8828.


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