Neck Pain

One of the biggest causes of neck pain is car accidents.

Typically after an accident a person is full of adrenalin so any pain is numbed and it feels as if nothing is wrong.  However 36 hours later most patients feel they need to seek medical help.  Commonly they say things like “I’m burning all over and aching in my neck.”   The patients are told that it’s “whiplash.”

People are often told that they have whiplash, but there is no official medical condition as whiplash.   It is merely a commonly used name for neck injuries incurred during a rear end collision arising from the sudden, snap-like movements of the body of moving forwards and then back quickly, like a cracking whip.

The result is ligament injuries to the neck but when the unknowing patient tries to make a claim, it is generally denied because whiplash is not on the approved list of conditions!

Whiplash, being a non-medical term, can cause a lot of confusion with patients yet the name stubbornly persists even though it is not officially recognised.

There are a few factors that contribute to the injury.

First is the position upon impact. The strike might have been a total surprise or the patient could have seen it coming and gone into a brace position. The immediate reaction is to contract the body when impact occurs, if the patient can see a collision is imminent.

What we have found

Patients with these traumas develop sleeping problems from having soft tissue injuries for too long.

Patients need to be made aware that they have soft tissue injuries and most likely have ligament tears.

It’s important to note that if all a patient does is have hot showers, no massage and maintains good posture, they might not even need laser treatment to return to normal within 3 months.

It is the collection of inflammatory fluid, and thus the swelling, that causes the chronic pain problem.  If you have a broken leg you should eventually heal, but dealing with the vicious cycle of inflammation in the neck can be much more difficult.

While there is no such medical condition as whiplash, the associated pain caused by inflammation is very real and very predictable.   All of these types of injuries can be resolved in the acute stage, when there is the understanding that acute pain will become chronic pain if not treated correctly.

Other causes of neck pain

These days the use of computers and long hours of sitting at a desk at work results in neck pain, which has become one of the more common causes of visits to GPs.

Many sufferers put up with their pain for years, only ever finding short-term solutions in the form of massage, acupuncture, osteopathy, physiotherapy and chiropractic.

Neck pain is usually suffered as a large, broadband region of pain, but in our experience the actual site of the initial and recurring injury is normally a microscopic soft tissue tear or strain.

The low-level laser biotechnology allows us to treat these soft tissue injuries at cellular level. Providing a clear understanding of the actual cause of the neck pain makes the whole situation much less distressing for the patient.

What some patients tell us

After commencing treatment patients report that they start to feel better and importantly, their sleep improves.

They feel a sense of understanding as to what has been happening.   It is empowering for them to feel in control and to feel improvements every day as the laser treatment helps them personally to improve.

Combined with frequent hot showers the laser treatment is usually effective in relieving chronic pain.

Here is how Cold Laser Pain Relief can help:

Many neck pain sufferers all over the world have been treated using Light-Based Laser Therapy or what we call “Cold Laser Therapy”.

Combined with extensive history taking, we determine the underlying cause of your neck pain.   We are then able to design your treatment programme,  incorporating the use of Laser Light Technology.

Treatment for neck pain is available at the Cold Laser Pain Relief clinic in Walkerville, Adelaide.  We have been applying Cold Laser Therapy here in Adelaide since it was used effectively on our founder in 1998.

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