The term whiplash is most often associated with an injury resulting from a car accident.
What you might not realise though, is the term covers a range of different injuries. Like in a car crash the injuries come from a jolt, where the head or neck was moving forward and then was forced backwards.
This force causes injuries to the muscles, ligaments and joints of the neck and spine - or it might not cause an injury at all.
Whiplash differs in severity from person to person. There might be no sign of bruising or swelling immediately after the injury, it can take between 12 and 14 hours for anything to become apparent. It often feels worse the day after and normally continues to feel worse with each day.
Car collisions are the most common cause of whiplash, but other causes include contact sports, such as rugby or boxing, horse-riding, direct impact of a large object on the head, or a fall which causes the head to suddenly jolt backwards.
Physiotherapists can perform an assessment of the head and neck and discuss your symptoms to come up with the best treatment for you. From this, they will be able to tell the grade of your whiplash, which areas are affected and the best treatment to relieve pain and speed up healing.
Different treatment methods for whiplash and whiplash associated disorders might include:
At Wolli Creek Physiotherapy & Pilates, you’ll be looked after by highly experienced and passionate young physiotherapists with a range of specialist skills and qualifications. We treat and heal all injuries and pain problems, for all kinds of people.