Physical Therapy for Whiplash
Whiplash is characterized by neck strain caused after a jerk forward or backward. This motion causes your neck to extend beyond its usual range of motion and the unexpected force can cause the muscles and tendons in your neck to tear and stretch.
The impact of the incident can create an adverse reaction within the nervous system and the nerve pathways leading to the arms and legs. The sudden end range whipping motion also causes abrupt compressive forces through the spine joints and the spine itself.
Commonly caused by rear-end car accidents, whiplash can also result from sports accidents, physical abuse, and other types of trauma, like a fall. People with whiplash may experience chronic neck pain, headaches, dizziness, loss of range of motion in the neck, and other long-lasting complications.
The Most Common Causes of Whiplash
Typically, whiplash occurs when the head is forcefully and quickly thrown backward or forward. This motion affects bones in the spine, discs between the bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and other neck tissues.
Whiplash injuries can result from:
- Auto Accidents
- Cycling Accidents
- Horseback Riding
- Physical Abuse
- Sports Injuries
- Riding a Roller Coaster
Physical Therapy Treatments for Whiplash
Physical therapy provides treatment options for whiplash and can alleviate symptoms such as neck pain and stiffness, headaches, tingling or numbness, fatigue, dizziness, shoulder pain, or the inability to move the neck.
At Bayside Physical Therapy, we will ask questions to learn more about the cause of your whiplash symptoms. Following the examination, we will develop a customized treatment plan to reduce the pain and muscle spasms, to treat the inflammation, and to normalize blood circulation in the area for optimal healing.
Treatment strategies for whiplash are highly variable, based on the injury severity and symptoms. You can be confident that your physical therapy will gently address the problem and put you on an effective progression toward normal function of the body.
When Should You Seek Help for Whiplash Pain?
If you experience any of the following whiplash symptoms, contact Bayside Physical Therapy at (727) 441-5044 for an evaluation appointment:
- Neck Pain and Stiff Neck Range of Motion
- Inability to Find a Comfortable Position
- Neck Pain During Normal Daily Tasks
- Pain, Numbness, or Tingling in Shoulders, Arms, or Legs