What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms that can happen after a neck injury from a high speed collision. It is where the neck joints, muscles and ligaments are effectively ‘sprained and strained’. Symptoms can present straight away but often there is a delay and pain can manifest 24 hours after the accident where the muscles of the neck stiffen up.
What causes Whiplash?
Any kind of high speed trauma can cause whiplash, it is not always a road traffic accident, for example, falling off a horse or falling down the stairs can also cause whiplash like symptoms.
What are the symptoms of Whiplash?
Dizziness, neck pain, arm pain, headaches, jaw ache (1 in 3 people with whiplash will experience jaw pain), shoulder pain, pins and needles into the arms.
What are the treatment options for Whiplash?
Pain medication from your GP can be very helpful at controlling the pain in the early stage (first 2-3 weeks). Conservative management includes Chiropractic, Osteopathy and physiotherapy and will usually include a management program of home exercises, mobilisation, manipulation and soft tissue work techniques.
For more information, call your local clinic on the number below.
London, Canary Wharf Clinic; (Canada Place Shopping Mall): 0203 197 9100
Leeds : 0113 345 5060