Everything You Need To Know About Neck Injury Treatment
Neck injuries which occurs in the tendons of the neck when it is moved forwards, backwards or sideways can be very painful- usually as the result of a traffic accident or a blow to the head. Symptoms of neck injuries may not appear until 6-12 hours after an accident and may become worse over the following days. Typically, women are more likely to experience neck injuries than men, and the injury makes up more than a third of claims processed following a road accident.
Symptoms may be delayed for more than 24 hours after the initial trauma to the neck, but people suffering from neck injury usually develop one or more of the following symptoms in the days after their accident: Neck pain or stiffness; headaches; pain in the shoulder between shoulder blades; pain in the lower back; pain or numbness in the arm/hand; dizziness; blurred vision or ringing in the ears; difficulty concentrating or remembering; fatigue, irritability or sleep disturbance.
How long does it take to recover from Neck Injuries?
Recovery time depends on the seriousness of the injury. In most cases, neck injury will heal on its own over time. However, in extreme cases neck injury can last for several months and this is known as chronic neck injury. There is limited evidence to show that in 12% of neck injury cases, chronic sufferers have not recovered within 6 months.
Once the initial acute strain in the neck is gone, you may benefit from exercises under the supervision of a physio. This is where Widnes Alternative Health can help you. Physiotherapy is a hands-on treatment which helps to mobilise joints and soft tissue, which in turn eases pain and helps to improve blood circulation.
All of the physiotherapy team at Widnes Alternative Health are fully qualified and registered with the Health and Care Professional Council. They’ll take a look at your individual injury to assess how best to treat it. Our physiotherapists will create a neck injury treatment plan which is tailored to you. They may suggest simple movement or exercises, or something more advanced such as a massage.