Physio for Whiplash
Physio for whiplash. Individuals who experience whiplash may develop one or more of the following symptoms, usually within the first few days after the accident:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
- Low back pain
- Pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand
- Ringing in the ears or blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue
Most whiplash injuries are due to damage to soft tissues such as the discs, muscles and ligaments. These cannot be seen on standard X-rays so your doctor may need to request other forms of scans such as CT or MRI.
How Physio Parramatta can help you:
In the past whiplash injuries were often treated by splinting the neck in a soft collar. However research shows early movement and treatment within your comfort levels leads to much faster and efficient recovery.
In the first 24 hours gentle active movement is encouraged. When you come for your initial appointment at Physio Parramatta, we will provide you with a series of exercises that you can do at home. An early return to work is encouraged, even if your doctor must prescribe some temporary modifications in your work situation.
Physio Parramatta has a proven and effective treatments for whiplash injuries including relieving headaches, using hands-on techniques to restore normal movement and relieve pain, exercises to regain normal strength and length of muscles, and massage to reduce muscle tension. We will also discuss and advise you on your gradual return to normal activity, exercise and work. A major focus of the treatment of whiplash associated disorders is specific exercises designed to restore muscle control and support around the neck whilst also improving postural control and preventing unnecessary postural strain.
Car accidents (MVA) can happen any time and can cause a lot of headache and grief. CTP insurance (compulsory third party insurance) may cover for your Physiotherapy treatment. Physiotherapy After a Motor Vehicle Accident is crucial and can prevent long term spinal complications.
Please note, prior approval from your CTP insurance company is required. You will also need to visit a GP after your accident, before you can be seen by a Physiotherapist. Not all symptoms will appear immediately after the accident, some symptoms and pains can develop a few days after the accident has taken place. The body often goes into “protection mode” for safety to prevent further damage after an accident. Once the body starts to relax, the pain will will become more apparent.
Steps to take after a car accident:
- Contact 3rd party insurance provider
- Fill out appropriate forms (Your GP may need to fill a form regarding your injury)
- See your GP as soon as possible (Within 30 days after your accident)
- Contact your Physiotherapist with claim number issued by insurance company
Do I Have To Pay for Treatment?
No, we will bill the insurer if all of the following exists:
- Valid claim number from your insurance company
- Approval letter or email for Physiotherapy from the insurance company
Contact Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta. We will assist you with pain management and get you back on track as soon as possible.