Are you experiencing chronic neck or back pain? At Glenridding Physio, we specialize in taking care of whiplash disorders and other spine-related injuries. Our experienced team can help you regain your mobility and live a pain-free life.
WHAT IS WHIPLASH DISORDERS?
Whiplash disorder is a term used to describe a range of injuries to the neck that occur as a result of a sudden and forceful back-and-forth movement of the head and neck. This type of injury is most commonly associated with car accidents, but it can also be caused by other types of trauma, such as falls, sports injuries, or physical assault. The sudden movement of the head and neck can cause damage to the muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues in the neck, leading to pain, stiffness, and a range of other symptoms. Symptoms of whiplash disorder may include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Headaches, often starting at the base of the skull
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Tingling or numbness in the arms or hands
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
The severity of symptoms can vary depending on the extent of the injury, but in many cases, symptoms may not appear until several hours or days after the injury.
Treatment for whiplash disorder typically involves a combination of pain management, physical therapy, and other interventions aimed at reducing inflammation and promoting healing. In most cases, whiplash injuries will improve over time with appropriate treatment, but in some cases, symptoms may persist for months or even years.
HOW WHIPLASH DISORDERS ARE TREATED AT GLENRIDDING PHYSIO?
At Glenridding Physio, the treatment for whiplash disorders may vary depending on the severity of the injury, but may include the following:
- Pain management: Pain relief is an important part of whiplash treatment. Depending on the severity of the pain, your physiotherapist may recommend over-the-counter pain medications or prescription pain medication.
- Range of motion exercises: Your physiotherapist may recommend specific exercises to help restore the range of motion in your neck and shoulders.
- Manual therapy: This may include massage, stretching, and other hands-on techniques to help reduce pain, improve flexibility, and promote healing.
- Posture correction: Your physiotherapist may recommend changes to your posture and ergonomics to help reduce strain on your neck and shoulders.
- Ice or heat therapy: Applying ice or heat to the affected area may help reduce pain and inflammation.
- Ultrasound therapy: This is a non-invasive treatment that uses sound waves to promote healing and reduce pain.
- Electrical stimulation: This is a treatment that uses low-level electrical currents to stimulate the muscles and promote healing.
- Education and self-care: Your physiotherapist may provide education on proper ergonomics, exercise techniques, and self-care strategies to help reduce pain and promote healing.
The specific treatment plan for whiplash disorders at Glenridding Physio will be tailored to the individual needs of each patient and may include a combination of the above treatments. The goal of treatment is to reduce pain, promote healing, and restore function and range of motion in the neck and shoulders.