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Whiplash Symptoms and Treatments

Whiplash Symptoms and Treatments

11Aug

Whiplash can cause pain and stiffness and can be extremely uncomfortable. There are a range of treatments that you can avail of at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic, but what is whiplash and how is it caused?

Causes of Whiplash

Whiplash is caused by a sudden movement of the neck where the head goes forward and back at high speed. In a lot of cases it can be as a result of being hit or jolted from behind, as in a car collision. Car or motorbike accidents can involve sudden stopping which can make your head and neck move suddenly and violently. Muscles, tendons and ligaments may be put under pressure which can cause strain.

Symptoms

The experts at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic have extensive experience dealing with all sorts of neck pain including that associated with whiplash. Whiplash can have an effect on other areas of the body, symptoms include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
  • Headaches
  • Pain in lower back
  • Numbness or pain in the arm or hand
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty sleeping & fatigue
  • Problems concentrating due to pain in neck and head

Treatment

Your chartered physiotherapist can work with you to help overcome the symptoms of a sudden impact or whiplash. There are a range of treatments which can ease pain and aid normal function.

  • Gentle neck exercises can help deal with the mobility in the area and will speed up recovery. Neck braces are generally no longer recommended for whiplash as early recovery is aided by getting movement back as soon as possible. If needed your doctor may prescribe pain medication. Talk to your physiotherapist if you are experiencing pain and they can work with you to find the best solution to aid in your recovery.
  • Massage can be vital in the treatment of whiplash. This can ease the strain on muscles and ligaments and can help the stiffness associated with the condition.
  • Mobilisation of the neck joints can help in getting movement back into the neck and shoulders. This can also ease the pain in the arm and hands.
  • Your physiotherapist can work with you to improve posture which can speed recovery and ease pain.
  • As you recover, it is vital to keep relaxed while improving mobility. Many patients find that Pilates can help to rebuild strength and posture following the pain of whiplash.

Whatever your symptoms, the chartered physiotherapists at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic will be able to work closely with you to plan your recovery. Recovery through treatment and by giving you the tools to help your own recovery, whether at home, work or enjoying recreational time.

 

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