Whiplash is an injury to the neck that usually occurs in a motor vehicle accident. It affects the soft tissue (neck muscles) but can also involve the spinal joints and ligaments, nerve roots, the jaw joints, and the upper, mid and low back. It is an injury resulting from a sudden extension and flexion of the neck. Average recovery time for a whiplash injury is a few weeks but may be longer depending on the speed and the position of the head during injury.
The common symptoms of Whiplash include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Neck swelling
- Reduced movement
The symptoms of Whiplash often take a while to develop and may not appear immediately. It may take as long as 72 hours for symptoms to appear.
Other associated symptoms:
- Low back pain
- Muscle spasms
- Numbness or pins and needles
Our Physiotherapy treatment will emphasize early return to usual activity and promotion of body movement. The most important principle is to prevent the condition from becoming chronic. Our highly skilled Physiotherapists offer a Specialized Treatment Program for whiplash.
This includes a variety of Physiotherapy treatments, acupuncture, massage therapy, exercise instruction and education.
Considerable pain may be experienced when moving your neck, but keeping your neck mobile from an early stage will help to improve its functionality and speed up your recovery.
Resting your neck and keeping it still is likely to prolong your symptoms and delay your recovery. Any pain that you experience when moving your neck is normal and will not cause further damage
Our Physiotherapists are highly trained and qualified to provide expert care to our patients. They are fully insured and are chartered by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP).
We have a team of Clinical leads who visits our physios and clinics to ensure a level of customer service and quality care that exceeds our competition is given to patients every time.