Whiplash injuries are usually temporary and most people who have experienced whiplash will make a full recovery from it. Whiplash is the strain of the neck muscles and soft tissue surrounding the neck and upper back that occurs during a rear end car accident or from certain sporting activities. Furthermore, it is common for pain, muscle stiffness and headaches to start occurring within a few days of the accident.
Your Physiotherapist will recommend specific treatment formed on the symptoms you feel every day you receive rehabilitation. Initially following the accident, you may ice your neck a few times a day for 10-15 minutes each time. In addition, his will help to decrease any inflammation that might be occurring in your neck, in addition to any muscle cramping. After a few days you can also being to use heat to soothe the muscles.
Lastly, our Physiotherapists have in-depth training on how to treat any injury seen with a motor vehicle accident. Over the past 15 years we have found a combination of treatment modalities are the most effective at helping you return to your pre-accident functioning. This treatment can include joint mobilization, active stretching and muscle strengthening,acupuncture, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), heat and/or ice, therapeutic ultrasound and/or cold laser.