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Alpine Physical Therapy
Three Locations
In North, South, and Downtown Missoula
Missoula, MT 59804
Ph: 406-251-2323
Fax: 406-251-2999

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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I had a car accident a week ago. The doctor gave me a soft collar to wear but it doesn't really seem to be helping. Can I stop wearing it without injuring my neck more?

Studies of whiplash injuries don't support the use of cervical collars. Many doctors still suggest rest and a collar right after this type of injury. Since it's been a week already you may not need it now. However you should always call your doctor before stopping any advised treatment.

Researchers report better neck motion and more pain relief after a whiplash injury with early physical therapy using joint mobilization. Joint mobilization is a way the therapist can move each neck joint through part or all of its normal motion.

There is much we still don't know about how to treat whiplash injuries. Physical therapists are actively studying this problem. Researchers are comparing different treatments for neck pain after whiplash from drugs to the use of ice packs to exercise and physical therapy.


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