Neck strains and sprains are common. Strains and sprains are similar but affect different soft tissues.
Whiplash is a common type of strain/sprain termed a hyperextension and hyperflexion injury. Muscle pain that develops from cradling the phone between the ear and shoulder is an example of a strain. Both can cause severe pain and may become temporarily disabling.
In addition to the above, whiplash symptoms may include:
The diagnosis of a neck strain or sprain should be made by a physician with expertise in spinal conditions. The diagnosis may include these steps.
Non-surgical treatment may include:
*A cervical collar is a short-term treatment to help support tender and painful neck tissues while they heal. A collar can reduce neck and upper back pain by relieving muscle spasm and cervical fatigue.
During physical therapy, patients are instructed about proper posture and body mechanics which can enhance healing and prevent further injury.
Symptoms of a cervical sprain or strain may be similar to other spinal disorders. An accurate diagnosis by a physician with expertise in spinal disorders is the most important first step in finding safe, effective treatment.
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