The Spire Wellesley Hospital Physiotherapy department has a team of specialist physiotherapists with skills in a variety of conditions, including those with a special interest in whiplash.
Approximately 1 in 200 of us will suffer from whiplash at some point in our lives, but what you do about your pain can make a big difference to your recovery
Approximately 1 in 200 of us will suffer from whiplash at some point in our lives but it is rarely serious. Most people make a full recovery, but what you do about your pain can make a big difference to your recovery. Based on scientific research, it is believed that if you take active control of your pain and restriction you will feel better quicker.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury to the neck from sudden movement in one direction followed by a rapid movement in the opposite direction. This may be caused in a vehicle collision but may be from any incident or sport that produces this uncontrolled movement. The resulting symptoms are mostly from injury to soft tissues, nerves and bones.
Symptoms are a normal reaction to the injury of working parts of the neck, and may not be noticed for a few days, although they may be noticed in the first few hours. It can take anything from a few days to weeks for the acute pain to lessen.
Most whiplash injuries do very little lasting damage, however if you have a violent accident or constant unremitting pain then it is advisable to see your GP or attend A&E for assessment.
This is especially important if you have:
· been unconscious
· disturbed vision, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting or confusion
· widespread, odd sensations like pins and needles or weakness
· severe neck stiffness or odd neck posture
· problems with balance or walking.
What can you do if you have a whiplash injury?
Stay active if possible and continue normal life: Your physiotherapist can advise you on measures you can take to achieve this.
Exercise: Physiotherapists specialise in rehabilitation exercises and help you to get moving normally.
Control the pain: Use painkillers or anti-inflammatories as advised by your GP or Pharmacist. Good pain control allows you to move and stay active.
Hot or cold: Use the one you prefer to reduce muscle spasm and ease pain. If using a cold pack wrap it in a damp towel to avoid skin damage.
How can physiotherapy help?
Advice and education: Helping you to manage your injury, your pain and stay active with normal activities.
Pain relief: Various types of treatment can be used by your physiotherapist to reduce pain, including electrotherapy.
Exercise: A programme and progression of exercise will speed your return to normal activities.
Passive mobilisation: Your physiotherapist may use these techniques to help restore normal movement.
Massage: This may be used to help relax muscle spasm.
Your actions and attitudes to your injury are the most important factors in preventing long term problems.
Positive action will bring a positive recovery.
Consulting your physiotherapist will minimise the risk of a poor recovery.
To book an appointment with one of our specialist physiotherapists at the Spire Wellesley Hospital, please give us a call on 01702 447 904
The Spire Wellesley Hospital also gives you easy access to expert consultants, X-Rays and ultrasound scans, and state-of-the-art MRI and CT scanning facilities.