Whiplash

Whiplash is the term used to describe the neck injuries that occur due to a sudden movement of the neck. It involves the acceleration and deceleration of the cervical spine(neck). It causes a sudden strain to the vertebrae, muscles, tendons and ligaments of the cervical spine.

What is the cause?

Whiplash can be caused by any circumstance that can initiate a sudden acceleration and deceleration of the cervical spine(neck). This is most commonly caused by motor vehicle accidents, however it can be caused by other activities such as snow sports, amusement park rides and impact sports.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Aching in the neck
  • Referred pain into back and shoulders
  • Headaches
  • Pins and needles in the arms

It is important to understand that these symptoms may not occur straight away after the accident.

What can we do about it?

Early intervention is vital for a good recovery from whiplash. The therapist’s at Elite Spinal Physiotherapy are well equipped and experienced in assessing the extent of trauma and providing comprehensive rehabilitation. The research tells us that a combination of both passive and active therapy leads to the best recovery from whiplash. The team at Elite Spinal can provide both manual therapy and exercise rehabilitation.