What is whiplash?
Whiplash is the common term for the acceleration-deceleration forces on the neck which may occur in a motor vehicle collision or other incidents such as a fall or sporting injury.
These forces may result in painful injuries to the muscles, ligaments and joints of the neck and other spinal areas. It may result in no pain or injury at all.
Symptoms can occur immediately or can develop over time.
Symptoms can include one or several of the following:
- pain and stiffness of the neck or back
- difficulty turning your head
- pain or stiffness in the shoulders or down the arms
How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapists are highly skilled at supporting people with whiplash. They will explain how you can manage your symptoms and help your recovery. The physiotherapist will ask you lots of questions about your symptoms look at your movement and touch the affected area.
A visit may include:
- home exercise programme
- manual therapy
- soft tissue mobilizations
- advice on posture
Physiotherapy Matters offers treatment and care for whiplash injuries in Newcastle and in Northumberland.