Help For Whiplash in Perth
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, chances are you got whiplash. Whiplash needs to be taken seriously. Immediate medical attention is important as it can save you from lifelong issues.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury that typically occurs in the neck after a sudden acceleration-deceleration force that causes unrestrained rapid forward and backward movement of the head and neck, which commonly happens in car accidents. It may not be life-threatening but it can result in lifelong issues if not treated correctly.
If you have whiplash, you might experience these symptoms:
- Neck pain, tenderness or stiffness
- Difficulty moving your head or neck
- Muscle spasms
- Arm or shoulder pain
- Neck sprain
Any inflammation and bruising in your neck won’t show up right away at the time of the accident. It often takes 6 to 12 hours (or much later) before the symptoms surface. Usually, pain and stiffness in the neck worsens on the day after getting injured and may keep on getting worse over the coming days.
What are the Causes of Whiplash?
Rapid backward-forward movement causes your neck to suffer from strain. The abrupt motion results in stretching and tearing of your neck’s ligaments and tendons.
The leading cause of whiplash is road traffic accident. The stopping force from car or motor accidents causes your head to be thrown forwards, backwards or sideways. Even mild collisions can also cause whiplash.
Not only road traffic accidents can cause whiplash. Anything that involves external violent force can result to whiplash as well. Examples of these are contact sports, such as boxing or rugby.
A slip or fall can violently jolt your head backwards and lead to whiplash, as can being hit hardly on the head by an object. Even simply riding a roller coaster can cause whiplash if you don’t brace yourself.
How Does Physiotherapy Help?
Treating whiplash with a simple “massage and loosen up” is not enough. The structures in the neck are possibly damaged, which is why it’s important to have your neck addressed by someone who is an expert in musculoskeletal injuries such as a Perth physiotherapist.
Sometimes, sedentary but stressful lifestyle can cause your neck to be vulnerable to injury. Corrective postural techniques and lifestyle changes will be advised to address the imbalances and reduce the tension which probably resulted from holding your shoulders while you’re working at your desk.
Manual therapy can help quicken the recovery of your whiplash injury. Soft tissue techniques can relax tight muscles and can help increase joint range of motion. Treatments that will address the joints can reduce inflammation which can reduce pain and improve mobility.
Following your physio’s recommendations will help you to return to your normal activities without worrying about pain coming back, thus you can enjoy an active life.