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How to prevent whiplash?

There are no guidelines for preventing whiplash because it often occurs due to an unexpected event. If you have a weak neck due to another medical condition, you may need to avoid certain activities or wear a cervical collar in certain situations. Generally, wearing a seat belt and avoiding motion that causes sudden jerking of the head can prevent this injury. Chiropractors can recommend diet and exercise techniques to reduce stress and tension. Careful, defensive driving, wearing seatbelts, and using padded automobile headrests can lessen the likelihood of whiplash. Head restraints on car seats may prevent some whiplash injuries. They may stop the head from jolting backwards in a car crash. However, up to 3 in 4 head restraints are not correctly adjusted. Head restraints may make a journey less comfortable when they are correctly adjusted as they will not allow your head to lie back. However, if you have had a whiplash injury, you may be more particular about correctly adjusting the head restraint for yourself and for anyone else you travel with.

More information on whiplash

What is whiplash neck strain? - Whiplash is an injury to the neck caused by the neck bending forcibly forward and then backward, or vice versa.
What causes whiplash? - The most common causes of whiplash are motor vehicle accidents, especially when the vehicle is struck from the rear.
What're the symptoms of a whiplash? - Symptoms of a whiplash include neck pain, neck stiffness, injuries to the muscles and ligaments, headache, dizziness.
How is whiplash diagnosed? - Whiplash is difficult to diagnose because x rays and other imaging studies do not always reveal changes in bone structure.
What're the treatments for whiplash? - Treatment for whiplash may include pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antidepressants, muscle relaxants.
How to prevent whiplash? - There are no guidelines for preventing whiplash because it often occurs due to an unexpected event.
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