Whiplash Pain Relief
Whiplash Pain Relief After Sustaining a Motor Vehicle Accident
Physiotherapy can help you with but is not limited to:
Full physical examination
Initial assessment report
Advice on the rehabilitation process and expected time frame for return to driving and your previous level of function
Regular physiotherapy reports to other Allied Health Specialties
Education on motor vehicle accident legal process
Provision of a supervised gym rehabilitation program to facilitate your recovery based on your issues
Physiotherapy Treatments for Whiplash:
In the past, people who had suffered whiplash were advised to rest and wear a soft cervical collar to support and protect the neck by keeping it immobile. This is no longer an advisable treatment. More recently, research has shown that you’re more likely to have an earlier and more complete recovery if you stay active and continue to exercise sensibly. Physiotherapy is extremely important component of your whiplash recovery.
Treat Whiplash at home:
- Applying a warm pack or ice pack to the sore area for 5-10 minutes for the first couple of days after the injury
- Taking pain relief or anti-inflammatory medication
- Using a pillow to support your neck while sitting or lying in bed
- Avoiding sleeping on your stomach
- Taking regular breaks if you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk
- Maintain gentle physical activity
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues of the neck. It’s caused by a sudden and vigorous movement of the head – sideways, backwards or forwards beyond its usual range of movement. With specialized physio treatment for whiplash, you can resume your regular lifestyle sooner.
What causes whiplash?
Whiplash injuries are most commonly caused by motor vehicle accidents, where the head is suddenly jolted backwards and forwards in a whip-like movement. Other causes include: