Fear Factors that Affect Neck Whiplash Recovery Time
You may have heard that whiplash is one of the most common injuries endured by people during a car accident.
This is due to the fact that the neck is very sensitive, and the jarring movement of an auto accident can put tremendous strain on the muscles in your neck.
During most accidents, the vehicle comes to a quick stop and, naturally, the neck continues forward.
This is what causes the huge strain on your neck and subsequent injury.
After suffering from whiplash, most patients are afraid to even move their neck. In fact, a recent study showed that fear of movement has an extremely negative impact on whiplash recovery time.
For this study, researchers took 98 people who had suffered from whiplash– some worse than others.
The researchers studied the range of motion in their necks, their disability and how afraid they were to move their neck using two different scales. The study was done at one, three, and six months after the initial injury.
After comparing these factors, the researchers found that:
- Patients who were more afraid to move their neck had higher level of disability and reduced range of motion. It took these people a longer whiplash recovery time.
- Patients with lower levels of fear were more likely to fully recover within 6 months.
- Feeling more comfortable with an injury helps reduce both anxiety and stress.
After the study, researchers concluded that if you are fearful of moving your neck after suffering from whiplash, the injured tissues do not get stretched as much.
Instead, they become restricted and tense and this dramatically inhibits recovery.
One of our expert physicians can walk you through safe neck stretches and ensure that you improve your neck function after a whiplash injury.
If you have suffered from an auto accident and are experiencing the hardship of living with whiplash, do not let your neck sit idle.
Contact our offices today or use our contact form and get a custom-tailored recovery regimen that is right for you.