Whiplash - What you need to know



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45% of people with chronic neck pain attribute their pain to a past whiplash injury. At Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy in Belfield, we can help and assist all aspects of your whiplash injury.


Whiplash injuries is a traumatic injury of the neck. It is associated with sudden movements and jolts in specific directions. This can cause sprains and strains in and around the neck, affecting muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and nerves. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of whiplash injuries.


What you can feel

  • Point tenderness on your spine bones

  • Pain on movement of your neck

  • Pain referring down your shoulder or arm

  • Headaches or vertigo

  • Jaw pain

In some cases, whiplash injuries can take up to 48 hours to appear. Therefore, in some cases, whiplash injuries go unnoticed. Whiplash symptoms commonly improve within 1 – 4 weeks with physiotherapy treatment and in non-severe cases. However, in severe cases recovery can take a few months. Severe cases can include:

  • Nerve impingement by swelling or disc

  • Fracture or break of bone


How do you know if your whiplash is getting worse?

  • Pain is intensifying

  • Pain isn’t easing in the first week

  • Pins and needles, numbness and pain shooting down the shoulder and arm


Get the treatment you need

The process of whiplash injuries sustained in a car accident can vary depending on many factors. Factors including where the passenger it seated, angle of vehicle collision, direct trauma with the head etc.


Depending on these factors, will determine how physiotherapy treatment and management is conducted. Typically, treatment includes:

  • Joint moving stiff and painful joints

  • Soft tissue therapy to reduce bracing and tightness in muscles

  • Nerve gliding highly sensitive nerves

  • Exercise for deep muscle activation and general strengthening

  • Use of electrotherapy machines


Get help

If you are suffering from a whiplash injury or know someone who has recently had a car accident, provide them this valuable information. It’s important to get it checked out sooner rather then later.

To find out more about how we can help improve your whiplash injury and neck pain, you can contact us via our Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness contact us page, or book online here.

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