Whiplash occurs when a person’s body moves very suddenly in one direction immediately followed by the opposite direction. This injury is most common following a car accident and most often affecting the head on the body and therefore causing microtrauma in the neck. It can also result from physical abuse, sports injuries, or amusement park rides. Neck injuries caused by this trauma are often referred to as whiplash, which is the mechanism of injury where the soft tissues are extended past the normal range of movement and can result in areas of microtrauma and symptoms in the soft tissues. Your symptoms might not be apparent immediatley after the injury, sometimes taking a few days to appear. Our physiotherapists can provide information on how we deal with the treatment of whiplash, the health issues caused by these injuries to the neck and how we medically can assist the patient recover.
It maybe helpful to take Paracetamol or an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen, you may be find it helpful to apply a cool pack to your neck to assist with pain and reduce swelling especially in the first 2-3 days. After this heat may also be helpful but not in the first 48 hours. It is import to gently keep moving despite the pain.
The evidence says that most symptoms of whiplash have gone by 6-12 months after injury but Physiotherapy early on can speed up the recovery time and ensure the recovery is complete and has low risk of re-occurring symptoms in the future
Abbey Physiotherapy can help reduce the initial pain and restore confidence and ability to move. Reassurance about the level of injury and recovery potential can also be very theurapeutic. At Abbey Physiotherapy we receive referrals from insurance companies for RTA related whiplash injuries and also accept self referred patients. Contact the clinic below to arrange for your first session.
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