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Whiplash Treatment

Whiplash is defined as an acceleration/deceleration injury to head and neck. Most often whiplash is associated with motor vehicle accidents although it can also occur from high speed sports or trauma such as a direct blow to the head and neck. Whiplash injuries can be mild or severe and are often felt after 24-72 hours following the accident or injury.

Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash

  • Muscle spasm of affected muscles in the neck
  • Possible ligament sprains
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headaches
  • Possible restricted range of motion – side bending, side to side rotation and forward and backward neck bending
  • Dizziness
  • Pain and tenderness in the affected muscles of the head and neck
  • Nausea
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (compression of nerves/blood vessels in the neck shoulder region)
  • If the signs are neurological you may have a loss of muscle strength and atrophy usually within 72 hours of injury
  • Whiplash are graded by classifications called WAD (whiplash associated disorder) levels 1 to 4. Grades 1 and 2 are the most common.

Treatment of whiplash

  • Reducing pain and inflammation
  • Reducing muscle spasm that contribute to elevated signs and symptoms of whiplash
  • Increasing the range of motion of the head/neck
  • Treatment will focus on reducing pain and inflammation, increasing range of motion and stabilizing the muscles of the head and neck
  • Treatment for whiplash can be treated with physiotherapy, massage therapy or acupuncture

If you have any questions about Whiplash contact our staff at Dynamic Physiotherapy.

Whiplash Treatment

Whiplash Signs and Symptoms

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Each patient is evaluated on a case by case basis. Depending on the type of injury and what stage of healing a recommendation will be made to you by the treating practitioner.

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