You have likely heard the term whiplash in relation to a car accident involving one vehicle being rear-ended by another, but do you actually know what the term describes? Whiplash is not actually a medical term, however it is commonly used to describe a range of head and neck injuries that have resulted from sudden forces that throw the neck/head forward and/or backward. The term covers various issues that affect the muscles, joints, bones, ligaments, discs and nerves.
The symptoms of whiplash can vary greatly from person to person and may occur immediately or several days after the accident. Symptoms may include:
- Neck pain or stiffness
- Shoulder, arm or upper back pain
- Difficulty concentrating
And it’s not just car accidents that cause whiplash, other activities or accidents that can put you at risk include contact sports, horse riding, cycling or a fall that causes the head to jolt suddenly.
It is important to seek treatment for whiplash earlier rather than later, as you could develop further complications due to your body’s attempts to adjust to what has happened. Our experienced team of Osteopaths, Myotherapists, Pilates Instructors and Remedial Massage Therapist can work together with you to ensure the best outcome. The treatment of whiplash may involve more than just your head and neck as the forces from the weight of you head can affect your entire spine, as well as through into your abdomen. As we have a variety of practitioners on our team here at Williamstown Osteopathy and Pilates we can cater your treatment to your specific needs. We’re here to help you! Book an appointment today on (03) 9397 8877.