Motor Vehicle Accident Victims




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.


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.


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.


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