When you are involved in a car accident in New Jersey, one of the injuries you may have experienced is whiplash. The pain you feel is the result of the violent back-and-forth movement that your head and neck made when your car was impacted. During the time you spent with first responders, you may not have felt the pain immediately. Sometimes, if you are in shock or merely trying to process the situation, you may not be aware of your injuries right away.
As you recognize that your neck is injured, you may notice that it is becoming stiff, difficult to move and that your pain level is increasing each hour. Seeking the help of your health care provider or a chiropractor can hopefully help relieve a minor amount of the pain with a realignment or the help of an antibiotic for pain. However, a bulk of your healing will be contingent on your willingness to work through the pain as you slowly recover and regain normal movement.
According to verywellhealth.com, there are simple things that you can be doing to facilitate your recovery from whiplash, and your consistency can make a significant difference in how quickly you get better. Some of the things you can do include the following:
- Refrain from assuming an unnatural posture in your efforts to relieve your pain. While it may provide temporary relief, it can set the foundation for future problems that could hinder your full recovery.
- Pay attention to the therapy exercises your health care provider recommends and do them consistently.
- In your work, make sure you take frequent breaks and change positions as needed to prevent your stiffness from worsening.
The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.