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Whiplash occurs when there is a sudden jerk or jolt to your head that causes it to move violently away from your body. The force of the movement may make your neck move beyond its normal range, so that the ligaments, tendons and muscles in your neck are overstretched.

How is it treated?

The physiotherapist will assess your whiplash injury, listening to the mechanism of the trauma to better understand the velocity and direction of the forces involved. He or she will ask questions related to your normal daily functions and take a full clinical examination. It is therefore helpful, if you dress appropriately in a vest to allow the clinician to see the injured areas.

Treatment may involve tissue work, joint mobilisation, advice on the use of heat or ice packs add more importantly, will include exercise advice specific to you and your injury. Regaining normal movement as early as possible is a primary objective with patients who have suffered a whiplash injury. With this in mind, the physiotherapists at P Bassett Physiotherapy will aim to facilitate and expedite your recovery to assist you in your return to normal daily activities.

What does treatment involve?

Treatment involves an assessment of your ongoing symptoms; manual techniques and exercises can be used to restore full movement and reduce stiffness. Reduced strength can be addressed using a progressive exercise regime.

Good posture is important, as poor posture places additional strain on the weak healing tissues. The physiotherapist will alter and adapt your exercise regime as the treatment sessions progress to address the changing clinical needs specific to your whiplash.

In Summary

Self management includes daily range of motion and strengthening exercises for the neck and upper back, using analgesics and heat or ice packs, as advised by your clinician, general exercise for the whole body, relaxation, realistic thinking and planning for the future rather than sitting passively and waiting for the pain to go away.

What next?

If you would like to benefit from one of our treatments, then we would be happy to hear from you.

You can contact us by calling our reception between 6:30am-10pm, Monday-Friday and from 9am-5pm Saturday & Sunday on 01235 206777 or by using our contact form found here. We can then start to discuss a suitable treatment programme designed just for your needs. Thank you.