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Whiplash

Whiplash will affect 1 in 200 of us at some point of our life however it is rarely serious and most people will make a full recovery. Taking control of the pain will increase your likelihood of getting better quickly.

Whiplash is an injury to the neck after a sudden movement in one direction followed by a rapid movement in the opposite direction. It is likely that this will be caused by a rear end or side impact road traffic collision.

The immediate effect might be injury to soft tissue or bone and these injuries might lead to secondary problems known as Whiplash Associated Disorders or WAD such as headaches, reduced range of movement and increased anxiety. Symptoms can take a few days to develop, which means the injury was not serious. Symptoms are a normal reaction to injury therefore you will recover and it usually takes a few days or weeks for the acute pain to reduce.

Your physiotherapist will assess your neck, shoulders and back and devise an exercise and rehabilitation programme and can advise you in regard to pain control, hot or cold therapy. Your Physiotherapist might suggest using mobilisation techniques to help restore normal movement. Manipulation and mobilisation have been shown to help especially when used shortly after initial injury and combined with specific exercises. Consulting a Physiotherapist early will improve your recovery. You must remember that pain is not due to anything serious, to stay active, to be in charge of your pain and be active in your treatment and to remain positive.

Should you be unfortunate enough to be involved in a road traffic accident, your insurance company may send you on to a physiotherapist’s for treatment, however it is not always a good idea to wait for treatment to be authorised if pain is constant and affecting your day to day life.

Our therapist’s here at Mike Varney Physiotherapy, can help! Please phone us on 01279 414959 to book your initial assessment and improve your symptoms today! For more information please email info@mikevarneyphysio.co.uk or to view the treatments we offer please click here.

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