The sudden jerks you receive in the neck, mostly during accidents or extreme adventure sports causes the neck muscles and ligaments to tear apart. This neck injury is more commonly known as whiplash or, in medical terms, Cervical Acceleration-Deceleration (CAD). The injury mostly occurs during motor vehicle accidents which are caused by impact to the rear end. The injury was first noted in early 1900’s and then was known as the railroad spine as there were no cars then.
Exercises for recovery
Though the time taken for recovery differs from patient to patient, you can practice the following exercises to get some relief. Be sure to consult with your physical therapist or exercise therapist before starting with any of the following exercises.
Exercise #1: Rotation
Be seated with correct spinal position. Gently turn your back to the left, rotating your neck as far as possible without any pain. Hold this position for 3-5 seconds and repeat for the opposite side. Make 8-10 repetitions for each side per set and try to stretch a little more than before.