How to treat Whiplash injuries through Physiotherapy?

Whiplash is the one of the most common type of injuries to the neck. It may occur due to a vehicle accident, sporting incident, or if you are hit from the back and your neck is thrown forcefully forward and then backward or vice versa. The impact of the accident may affect the soft tissues, muscles, lumbar spine or the ligaments of the neck & shoulder region.

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The patient can usually experience this pain immediately or it may occur after a couple of days or even weeks. Whiplash can get better eventually on its own or after some treatments. The extent of the pain is dependent on the injury that your neck or head suffered from the severity of the forces.

The pain associated with neck whiplash can be harsh or mild. In case of mild injuries, a person may suffer from inflexibility or are limited in their neck movement for a few hours or days. In case of harsh injuries, a person may experience other symptoms such as neck pain, shoulder and arm pain, lower back pain, partial neck movement, headache, vertigo or numbness.

The significant matter in treatment is that patients should take sufficient rest and keep away from daily and stressful activity until there is some relief. Avoid activities which take large extent of stress through the neck such as continuous sitting, standing or lying, poor body posture or lifting.

A person can recover completely within 6 to 12 weeks if proper care and professional help is taken as required. It is essential though that if the pain does not subside in the first couple of weeks, a person should seek advice from a specialized and experienced Physiotherapist. The Physiotherapist will use a variety of treatments to examine your injury and recommend a range of physical exercises which help to control the pain and restore neck mobility.

Following Physiotherapy treatments can be used for treatment of Whiplash:

  • Joint mobilization
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Dry needling Treatments
  • Electrotherapy
  • Postural tape
  • Postural bracing
  • The use of a lumbar roll for sitting
  • Anti-inflammatory advice
  • Activity modification advice
  • Exercises to improve bad posture
  • Pilates Exercises
  • Neural stretches

Wyndham Physio provides an experienced physiotherapist who can devise a treatment plan for you based on a detailed analysis of your condition with a goal to keep your pain under control and eventually lead to a complete recovery. To get more information, visit our website or book an appointment with us.