A neck strain occurring after an injury or accident which causes the head to whip backward or forward is known as whiplash. The sudden stop is hard on the neck muscles and tendons and can cause them to stretch and tear. Those who play sports are commonly affected by neck strains. These should also not be confused with neck sprains. Sprains tear ligaments, where strains affect the muscles and tendons, making them stretch. However, the conditions will be treated in relatively similar ways.
The pain associated with whiplash is usually too difficult to ignore and many people can’t simply wait for it to go away. Other signs or symptoms of a neck strain include:
Neck injury pain usually occurs right away after the event. However, it can take a few hours or even days for the discomfort to show up or become noticeable.
Depending on how severe the sprain or neck strain is, the treatment can vary. However, basic treatment will include:
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