Whiplash is a common phrase used to describe neck dysfunction resulting from a rapid acceleration-deceleration force that is usually associated with motor vehicle accidents or high impact sporting injuries. This type of injury can have an impact on the myofascial, neurovascular, intervertebral discs and articular (bony) structures of the neck and head. At Southside Physiotherapy, our friendly team of physiotherapists are highly skilled in helping you to get on top of your neck pain and back to your regular activities safely and as quickly as possible.
How Can I Best Manage My Pain from a Whiplash Associated Disorder?
If you have recently been involved in an accident or high-speed impact that has resulted in neck or arm pain, it is recommended that you go to the hospital or follow up with your GP as soon as possible. Once you have been cleared by a medical professional, evidence and current guidelines support:
- Actively moving your head and neck within the boundaries of you pain
- Gentle passive stretching
- Applying heat or ice packs as desired to help manage symptoms
- Seeking manual therapy, advice and appropriate exercise prescription from a qualified therapist
Common symptoms following a whiplash associated neck injury include:
- Neck pain
- Pain in the shoulders, shoulder blades and/or arms
Sustained postures associated with driving, reading, working at a computer and watching television can often aggravate symptoms associated with whiplash. A gentle, progressive return to your daily activities and mobility is recommended. Please ring our friendly staff on 6293 1955 if you would like our help in this endeavour.
Whiplash from a car accident or sporting injury can affect the bones, nerves and soft tissue in your neck. Manual therapy and the right exercise prescription can help you with your neck pain and get you back to your regular activities safely and as quickly as possible.