So, what is whiplash? Whiplash is a series of internal injuries you sustain after a forceful or rapid movement of the neck. Whiplash can be caused due to car collisions, however can also be a result of a sporting incident or fall.
Do I need physiotherapy for my whiplash?
If you have been in a whiplash related accident, initially you may feel ok, however when the adrenaline wears off, you may start to feel symptoms and pain. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of whiplash can include, but are not limited to; neck pain and stiffness which can worse upon movement, loss of range of motion, headaches or pain and numbness that radiates into your arms. These symptoms can take weeks or even months to fully manifest themselves – which is why physiotherapy treatment is critical to prevent chronic neck or back pain.
So how will physiotherapy help?
The main goal of physiotherapy treatment for whiplash is to reduce inflammation, regain mobility and strengthen the muscles within the neck and upper back. During your visit to your physiotherapist, they will ask a series of questions and perform a few tests to exclude anything sinister. Once your physiotherapist understands exactly what has happened, they can propose a personalised treatment plan. Treatments such as massage, acupuncture and joint mobilisation can all be used to help offload your muscles and to relieve tension, whilst improving mobility. An exercise programme will be developed focusing on strengthening and stretching relevant muscles in the neck and upper back. Your physiotherapist will also provide you with advice on how to manage your symptoms at home.
If you are suffering from whiplash and want to relieve your symptoms, then give us a call on 0161 8333 008 or via our website and make an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists. We are located in the city centre in the Royal Exchange Building just off St Ann’s Square.