What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a neck injury that can occur when your head quickly moves backward and then forward (similar to the motion of someone cracking a whip). These extreme forces may result in bony or soft tissue injuries such as discs, ligaments, tendons, neck muscles and nerve roots.
What are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
The most common symptom is Neck Pain. Other symptoms that may be experienced include:
- Loss of motion in the neck
- Pain in the Shoulder and Arms
- Dizziness or altered sensation, such as pins and needles
- Weakness in the arms
- Pain in the shoulders
- Pain between the shoulder blades
- Pain in one or both arms
- Vision problems
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Poor concentration or memory
- Neck pain/stiffness
- Tenderness in the muscles
- If you have experienced this type of movement and suffer from any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD) and it is recommended that you seek professional advice.
How can The Headache, Neck & Jaw Clinic help me with Whiplash recovery?
The main focus for both our clinics is Headache, Neck and Jaw conditions, with over 80% of our client base being treated for these conditions. We understand that each person is an individual, requiring their own recovery treatment program.
Our aim is to make a full assessment, help relieve the initial symptoms, and then assist in the recovery of your injury by fixing the problem. In some cases, this may require working with other healthcare professionals.
Our highly trained physiotherapists can assist by conducting a complete assessment of the injury and, in collaboration, will set out a full treatment, education and exercise program.
Treatment may include a combination of passive joint mobilisation, spinal manipulation and exercises. Dry Needling or laser treatment may be applied to help relieve the symptoms.
Our physiotherapists will explain in detail the outcome of your assessment, collaborate with you on what is required, and set out a program of setting future appointments for ongoing treatment providing written information and ongoing education instructions on exercises to help heal and strengthen the neck.