Neck injuries

Cervical whiplash

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.

Neck crick

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.

Muscle Strain

Although neck muscle strain is not unheard of, it is the muscles of the low back that are more prone to strain injury.

Neck Sprain

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

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 TENS, ECS and EMS machine we suggest to aid repair of mild to moderate 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

neck injury electrode placement
neck injury electrode placement

SportsMed treatment guide

Purpose ModeIntensity TimeHow often
Pain relief RELIEVELow to medium Minimum 60 minutesOn demand
Muscle soreness RELIEVELow Several hoursDaily for 1 or 2 days
Scar tissue RELIEVELow Several hoursDaily as needed
Soft tissue healing RECOVERMedium 10 to 20 minutes3 times per day
Circulation RELIEVE or RECOVERLow 60 minutesas often as needed
Rehabilitation EXERCISEMedium 5 to 15 minutes3 times per day
Rehabilitation EXERCISEMedium to high 10 to 20 minutes3 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
SportsMed for neck injury

SportsMed TENS, ECS and EMS
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