cervical whiplash - neck crick - sprains & strains - herniated disc
Cervical whiplash syndrome, or hyperextension-hyperflexion injury, is a common traumatic injury to the soft tissue structures around the cervical spine. It is caused by the successive flexing and sudden and excessive stretching of the neck.
This combination may cause a sprain in the flexing stage and, above all, an injury to the facetary joint in the spine during the stretching phase.
This is a term used to describe neck pain caused by sleeping awkwardly, working at the computer for long hours or sudden movements of the neck. The underlying cause is usually a muscle spasm, arthritis or a disc problem. At-home therapies can take care of a crick in the neck most of the time, but if the pain lasts longer than a week or disrupts your usual activities, get it checked by a doctor.
Although neck muscle strain is not unheard of, it is the muscles of the low back that are more prone to strain injury.
Neck sprains are often caused by falls or sudden twists that overload or overstretch the joint. Another cause is repeated stress to the joint. For minor and moderate sprains, rest and physical therapy are indicated.
Herniated disc occurs when the soft substance on the inside of the disc is pushed out. Should this substance land on a nerve root, it is painful and there may be weakness, numbness and/or pins and needles down your arm. Treatment generally starts with analgesia and physical therapy, but may proceed to surgery in severe cases.
SportsMed TENS therapy
After a diagnosis of mild to moderate neck injury your injury management plan should include treatment as often as possible.
SportsMed is the physical therapy product we suggest to aid recovery of a neck injury.
SportsMed electrotherapy can be used everyday - outside the clinic - for drug-free, on-demand pain relief. It is also designed and programmed to aid circulation, reduce inflammation, hasten healing and help with muscle strengthening.
- RELIEVE mode:
- Pain relief (modulated low and high frequency TENS; continuous, comfortable intensity)
- Early stage injury treatment (modulated low to medium frequency ECS; continuous, low intensity)
- RECOVERY mode - injury healing
- Later stage injury treatment (modulated low to medium frequency EMS and ECS; surging, medium intensity)
- EXERCISE mode - muscle strengthening
- Rehabilitation stage (high frequency EMS; surging, medium to high intensity)
Pad placement - Neck injury
SportsMed treatment guide
|Pain relief||RELIEVE||Low to medium||Minimum 60 minutes||On demand|
|Muscle soreness||RELIEVE||Low||Several hours||Daily for 1 or 2 days|
|Scar tissue||RELIEVE||Low||Several hours||Daily as needed|
|Soft tissue healing||RECOVER||Medium||10 to 20 minutes||3 times per day|
|Circulation||RELIEVE or RECOVER||Low||60 minutes||as often as needed|
|Rehabilitation||EXERCISE||Medium||5 to 15 minutes||3 times per day|
|Rehabilitation||EXERCISE||Medium to high||10 to 20 minutes||3 times per day|
|On RELIEVE mode – muscles should not contract or twitch|
|On RECOVER mode – muscles should contract, mildly|
|On EXERCISE mode – muscles should contract, mildly or strongly – as required|