Physiotherapy can greatly assist patients who have whiplash injury following a motor vehicle accident.
The NSW Motor Accidents Authority published the “Guidelines for the Management of Whiplash-Associated Disorders” in 2001. In this publication the recommended treatment includes “Manual and physical therapies – exercise” and details that range of movement exercises, muscle re-education and low load isometric exercises should be implemented immediately. Joint mobilisations are also recommended and should be commenced within the first 7 days following the injury. Recommendations for immediate physiotherapy treatment were included due to a growing research base in the area of cervical whiplash injuries.
What is whiplash?
The rapid motion of the neck during a crash can result in a number of injuries. Many of these injuries are impossible to see on x-rays or MRI. Even though there may be minimal damage to your car or cycle, you can still sustain whiplash. In fact, even at low speeds, occupants can experience severe whiplash.
Signs and Symptoms
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Upper back and/or arm pain
- Associated stress and anxiety
- Jaw tightness or pain