Symptoms, Causes and Treatment for Whiplash Neck Injury. Whiplash injury treatment involves an accurate diagnosis of the tissues affected as well as - ideally - early intervention.
Whiplash neck injury and associated problems represent a number of symptoms arising from a sudden distortion to the neck.
Whiplash is commonly associated with road traffic accidents - when a car is rear-ended and the passengers neck is thrusted forwards and backwards in a whiplash-type motion. Whiplash neck injuries can also commonly arise from falls from bicycles, horses and tackles on the sports field.
These types of injuries result in a varying scale of ligamentous, joint, muscle and nerve damage to your neck anatomy and beyond.
So, what is Whiplash? What are the main symptoms of whiplash? Often - you may feel shocked, but injury-free, immediately after an accident - but it is important to realise that whiplash symptoms can appear over a period of time. Let’s rund through some various aspects of Diagnosing whiplash and appropriate treatments:
“When should I exercise following my painful whiplash injury?”is a frequently asked question in my physiotherapy practice.
Understanding the causes and variations in the symptoms of whiplash will help you in your recovery as the treatments and exercise for whiplash your physiotherapist gives you will be enhanced by your understanding.
Treatment for Whiplash - although treatment for whiplash varies from person to person and from accident to accident, there are some principles which are the same throughout every condition and treatment.
Whiplash - an injury where your neck over-extends in flexion and extension in an accident. This results in overstretching and compression of the muscles, joints, ligaments and nerves in the neck and upper back - resulting in pain!
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