Whiplash is an injury caused by a sudden impact of blow that causes the head to jerk forward and backward. This type of injury commonly occurs in car accidents and sports.
Pain and symptoms of a whiplash injury may occur immediately following the incident or take several hours/days for symptoms to appear.
Symptoms of a whiplash injury may include:
- Pain and tightness of the neck muscles that may worsen with movement
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Tenderness in the shoulders, upper back and arms
- Numbness or tingling in the arms
Early treatment of whiplash can help to decrease symptoms and get you feeling better, faster. Physical therapy is an effective treatment to minimize your pain, increase your range of motion, and improve your function.
Your treatment may include:
- Pain relieving modalities (hot/cold pack, ultrasound, electrical stimulation)
- Manual therapy
- Trigger point dry needling
- Strengthening and stretching exercises
- Functional activities
- Kinesiotape/Sport taping