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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Thursday, August 18, 2022

What is Whiplash Injury? How can it be treated with safe Ayurvedic Medicines?

Abstract

Every person in his lifetime meets with an accident. There are minor and major injuries depending upon the seriousness of the accident. Injuries can happen anywhere. Whiplash injury is one of the common injuries that a person suffers from. It is an injury of the neck due to rapid and forceful to and fro movements of the neck. It is an injury that can happen anytime while driving and applying brakes so rapidly. And it can happen while having fun with friends in a room or a park as well. Let's discuss it in a little detail!!

Whiplash Injury

Introduction

Accidents are common. So it is in the person's hands how he manages to escape or stay safe. Whiplash injury is one of the common injuries of the neck. It happens due to sudden and forceful movement of the neck like cracking of a whip. So it becomes important to keep our head and neck safe from any kind of injury, as all the controlling and thinking parts of the human body. Whiplash-associated disorder (WAD) is the term given to for the collection of features troubling the neck that are triggered by an accident with acceleration and deceleration mechanism. Let's discuss what whiplash injury is!!

Whiplash Injury

Whiplash injury is a neck injury caused by rapid and strong back and forth movement of the neck. It can happen anytime and anyplace. One must stay safe and not jerk the neck. 66% of the whiplash, Alar ligament is injured.

Causes Of Whiplash Injury

  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Falls
  • Shaken baby syndrome
  • Sports injury
  • Head banging
  • Physical assault

Risk Factors that links to Worsening of the Injury

  • Had whiplash injury before
  • High speed injury
  • Existing neck and back issues
  • Older age

What Injuries can be possible with Whiplash

  • Joint dysfunction
  • Ligament tear
  • Disc herniation
  • Facet joint cartilage damage
  • Disc tear
  • Muscle tear
  • Nerve root impingement
  • Fracture
  • Dislocation
  • Medullary overstretch
  • Dura overstretch
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Brain injury - coup contrecoup

Features Of Whiplash Injury

  • Headache
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Worsening of pain with neck movement
  • Often the victim is unaware immediately
  • Neck muscles are tender
  • Pain and stiffness of the neck
  • Skew neck
  • Temporomandibular discomfort
  • Neurological symptoms include: Headache, dizziness, blurring of vision, tinnitus, paraesthesia in arms
  • Psychological: Memory loss, cognitive impairment, fatigue, sleep disturbance, depression, post traumatic stress disorder

Investigations Of Whiplash Injury

  • X ray may show straightening out of the cervical lordosis
  • MRI
  • CT scan

Treatment For Whiplash Injury

In the modern system of medicine, following are some management points - Analgesics, muscle relaxants, postural adjustments, isometric muscle contraction, collars. Injections include - local anaesthetic, steroid, Botulinum toxin A. Surgery is indicated in severe cases

Herbal Remedies For Whiplash Injury By Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is a renowned GMP certified, US-FDA registered and ISO 9001:2015 certified Ayurvedic Company, which adhered to the objective of manufacturing standard Ayurvedic medicines as described in the various ancient texts of Ayurveda. Medicines are prepared without preservatives and additives and other kinds of chemicals which cause many ill effects on the human body. Products manufactured at Planet Ayurveda are pure and devoid of any adulteration.

  1. LAKSHADI GUGGUL
  2. YOGRAJ GUGGUL
  3. BOSWELLIA CURCUMIN
  4. NEUROGENIE CAPSULES
  5. AAMVATANTAK CHURNA
Ayurvedic Treatment For Whiplash Injury

Products Description

1. LAKSHADI GUGGUL

It is a formulation made with the goodness of Asthishrinkhala (Cissus quadrangularis), Laksha (Laccifer lacca), Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Nagbala (Grewia populifolia), Shuddha guggul (purified Commiphora mukul). Its ingredients help in fractured bones. Moreover they are beneficial in all types of bone disorders, joint problems and muscular issues. Lakshadi guggul has components like Asthishrinkhala which beautifully helps in bone formation when fractured.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice or thrice daily with lukewarm water.

2. YOGRAJ GUGGUL

It is the drug of choice in rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease of the joints and it also affects other parts of the body. It thus, is beneficial in Whiplash injury as well. It is a blend of various excellent herbs that help in overall bone and joint health. It has the goodness of triphala (Amalki, Haritki, Vibhitaki), vidanga (Embelia ribes), pippali (Piper longum) and many more. It is made as per guided by ayurvedic textbook Bhaishajya ratnavali.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice or thrice daily with lukewarm water.

3. BOSWELLIA CURCUMIN

It has two herbs. One is shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and the other is haridra (Curcuma longa). Shallaki is known to be analgesic, anti-inflammatory and is enriched in wound healing properties. Haridra is antiseptic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory. Thus both the herbs are beneficial in the case of whiplash injury that would relieve the pain of the victim. Both the herbs together do wonder.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily, after meals with plain water.

4. NEUROGENIE CAPSULES

It is primarily prepared with 2 herbs such as Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). Brami is known as medhya that is beneficial in boosting memory and increases cognitive power. Moreover, brahmi has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Ashwagandha too has likewise actions. Thus both drugs jointly help in Whiplash injury.

Dosage: 2 Capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

5. AAMVATANTAK CHURNA

It is too useful in bone disorders i.e. osteoarthritis, fractures etc. It is named so for being used in Amavata (osteoarthritis). It is a combination of various herbs like Gorakhmundi (Sphaeranthus indicus), Suranjaan (Colchicum luteum) is useful in inflammatory and painful conditions. It further helps in post traumatic stress disorder. More herbs like Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Methi (Trigonella foenum graecum), Haridra (Curcuma longa) and Sonth (Zingiber officinale) are also included.

Dosage: 1/2 to 1 teaspoonful twice daily, after meals with plain water or Aloe vera juice or Kumari Saar.

Conclusion

So as we saw, there are plenty of herbs which are beneficial in bone and muscle and also there are other herbs which alleviates pain and have anti inflammatory action. Moreover when taken together with other identical acting herbs, the power of the formulation is multiplied. Planet Ayurveda's aforesaid formulations are helpful in Whiplash injury as it is useful in fracture, muscle stiffness, injury related psychological problems. In addition to this, ayurvedic medicines do not cause side effects because of their natural origin. Moreover, the formulation aids digestion, thus assists in good absorption resulting in a sound body, mind and soul.