Physiotherapy Tips for Whiplash

What is whiplash?

A common occurrence as a result of a road traffic accident 'whiplash' is, however, a result of the body suddenly biomechanically moving towards the impact, then away and the towards again, the force of which is dependent on several factors. 

When unexpected as in a road traffic accident you don’t have time to react and brace for the impact. This leads to injury of the soft-tissues (muscles, ligaments or tendons) as well as joint compression, leading to discomfort and pain.  Whiplash is also common in sports such as rugby or boxing and can benefit from Physiotherapy.

What are whiplash symptoms?

You may experience the gradual onset of symptoms and pain, usually in the neck and or shoulder area, following a related trauma such as a road traffic accident or sports injury. You may also experience headaches or a feeling of pain and numbness that travels down your arms.

Is whiplash serious?

It can be... should you experience any dizziness, nausea, problems with your balance or double vision following an accident then you should seek urgent medical attention by calling the NHS helpline on 111 or visiting A&E.

The grading system used for whiplash is:

- Grade one whiplash is when you have some discomfort and pain, but no loss of movement. 

- Grade two is discomfort and pain alongside mobility issues and restricted movement. 

- Grade three whiplash is a more serious injury to the soft-tissues, pain, lack of movement and possible neurological effects as well. 

- Grade four is a serious injury to the neck area with a possible fracture or dislocation. 

or sports injury. You may also experience headaches or a feeling of pain and numbness that travels down your arms.

The majority of people involved in road traffic accident will experience grade one or two. 

What is the recovery period from whiplash?

Every individual's recovery from whiplash will be different and early access to physiotherapy through self-pay or externally funded can reduce recovery timeframes. The majority of people will make a full recovery from whiplash within 6 to 8 weeks.

What is the recovery period from whiplash?

There are many ways that a Rehabplus Physiotherapist can work to treat whiplash and help our patients recovery.

As per our company values, a personalised and supportive treatment plan will be established with the support of a home exercise program.

Subsequent treatment session may include Acupuncture, joint mobilisations and massage.

If you are experience pain or discomfort as a result of a road traffic accident or sports injury then find your nearest Rehabplus Clinic here.

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