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Whip Lash

Whip Lash

WHO?

Motor Vehicle Accident Victims

Adults

Children

WHAT?

Whip Lash is a term used to describe neck pain that generally occurs following motor vehicle accidents. Whip Lash usually occurs when a moving vehicle hits a stationary one. The rear collision causes forceful backward movement of the head and neck, followed by forceful forward movement. This causes damage to the cervical spine and surrounding tissues.

WHEN?

Whip Lash is common in victims of motor vehicle accidents, especially those who are hit from behind in a stationary or slow moving vehicle. Whip lash can happen to any one, adults or children, and often occurs when the individual is unaware of the upcoming impact.

HOW?

The forceful movement of the head causes damage to the soft tissue structures (muscles and ligaments) supporting the cervical spine. Following a Whip Lash injury pain is usually present in the neck as well as the shoulders and upper back. Headaches are also commonly associated with a Whip Lash injury.

MANAGEMENT?

Your Move Forward Physiotherapist will assess your neck and use this information to guide your treatment. They will provide you with an individualised treatment plan guiding you through your rehabilitation and recovery.

Treatment of Whip Lash may include:

Relative rest following injury

Soft tissue therapy

Manual therapy

Early range of motion exercises

Neck muscle strengthening

Gym exercise programmes

 

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Ankle Sprains

Ankle Sprains

WHO?

Athletes (runners, jumpers, netball or basketball players)

Kids

Mum and Dad

Grandma and Grandpa

WHAT?

The talocrural joint (ankle joint) consists of many articulations. The bones of your ankle are held together by a number of important ligaments and stabilising structures. An inversion ankle sprain (where by the ankle rolls over the outside of the foot) is the most common ankle injury and causes damage to the lateral (outside) supporting structures. An eversion ankle sprain (where by the ankle rolls over the inside of the foot) subsequently causes damage to the medial (inside) supporting structures.

WHEN?

Ankle sprains can occur during running, jumping, landing and rapid changes of direction. They can occur during sports (especially on uneven playing fields) or simply with a missed step or slip.

HOW?

Stress of the ligaments causes stretching or elongation, resulting in instability of the ankle joint. Following an ankle sprain immediate pain, swelling and bruising of the foot, ankle and lower leg is usually noted. And can sometimes look a little scary (see above!)

MANAGEMENT?

Your Yanchep Physiotherapist will assess your ankle to determine which ligaments have been stressed and the degree of instability. This information will guide the treatment process and your physiotherapist will provide you with an individualised treatment plan guiding you to recovery.

Athlete or non-athlete, your treatment may include:

Ice packs

Strapping

Mobilisations

Stretches

Strengthening exercises

Positional awareness

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