If you have had a fall or crash or sustained some sort of impact to your neck and heard any noises like a pop or a crack, or your head or neck feels unstable, you should do the following. Firstly, I need you to pause the video and make sure you aren’t experiencing any of the ‘red flags’ below:
If you are experiencing any of the following please consult a doctor asap or go to the emergency department of your hospital.
For more information about ‘red flags’ watch this video (click here).
What you should do first is immobilize your neck, so if you have access to a foam collar then put it on, otherwise use a rolled up towel around your neck and rest in a seated position.
You should apply an ice pack, for up to 20 mins every two hours. Just be sure to put something between the ice pack and your skin, such as a towel or ice pack holder and make sure you check every few minutes for any skin irritation.
Avoid massaging or putting heat on the area and avoid drinking alcohol as all of these may increase any inflammation that may be present.
You should avoid moving your neck until you have been assessed by a health professional.
I recommend that you try and see a doctor as soon as possible or go to the emergency department of your hospital, so they can rule out anything serious like a fracture and then guide you to the appropriate health professional for rehabilitation.