Neck Pain & Whiplash
Whiplash is a neck injury that results from forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, similar to the cracking of a whip. While the most common cause is rear-ended car accidents, it can also result from sports accidents, physical abuse, and other types of traumas, such as a fall. Although many patients suffering from whiplash improve with exercise and pain medication within a few weeks, some people develop chronic neck pain and other long-lasting complications.
A study that looked at the effectiveness of laser therapy versus other treatment options like physiotherapy (PT) to treat whiplash, showed that laser treatment allowed patients suffering from whiplash-induced neck pain to recover and return to work more quickly. Other studies confirm this and show that LLLT reduces pain immediately after neck injury treatment in acute neck pain and up to 22 weeks after the completion of treatment in patients with chronic neck pain.