Whiplash

Whiplash

Mechanism of injury

Whiplash is an acceleration and deceleration motion of the cervical spine which may result from a rear-end or side-on vehicle collision.

Depending on the nature of the whiplash injury, it can affect the joints, ligaments, muscles and nerves surrounding the cervical spine (neck).

Symptoms may include

  • Pain with some or all neck movements
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder, arm pain and / or numbness

Symptoms may begin up to 48 hours after the incident.

Further information

An assessment by a health professional is important to determine the best form of treatment, which may include medical management and physiotherapy

The vast majority of whiplash injuries benefit from gentle movement in the early stages.

Risk factors for a slower recovery from whiplash include having neck pain prior to the injury or high psychological distress prior to the injury.

There is conflicting evidence about whether the speed of collision affects the speed of recovery.

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation with a physiotherapist will include specific manual therapy and exercises to reduce pain and restore range of movement, muscle strength and endurance.

 

Treatments which may be used by Physiotherapists at ALO:

  • Rehabilitation exercises
  • Manual Therapy
  • Relaxation
  • Taping
  • Clinical Massage Therapy
  • Electrotherapy
  • Acupuncture

 

Book an assessment

Email: alo@alo-physiotherapy.co.uk

Tel: 0207 636 8845

Resources

Whiplash Associated Disorders, Physiopedia

Psycho-social factors effect on recovery

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