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Whiplash, simply said, is an injury to the neck. In whiplash, the intervertebral joints that are located between vertebrae, discs and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots have possibilities of getting damaged.   

Mount Isa Physio, located in the city of Mount Isa, has years of experience under its belt, and the best physiotherapists and techniques to treat all sorts of conditions that require physiotherapy.  

A whiplash neck sprain occurs when the head is suddenly jolted backward and forward in a whip-like movement, especially because of the rear-end collisions of motor vehicles. These movements generate a substantial amount of force on the neck, causing it to move far beyond its normal range and seriously damage the intricate and delicate structures of the neck.  

Whiplash can also be termed as a sprain of the joints in the neck, which physiotherapists refer to as vertebral dysfunction. It doesn’t require a motor vehicle collision for this condition to develop, as it can also be caused by forceful sports injuries that can impact the neck joints, ligaments, muscles, and discs.  

Who Are More Likely to Get Whiplash? 

Whiplash sprains can affect people who have had motor vehicle collisions, even if they sustained less or no other injuries at all. This is because of the gargantuan force of collision that causes a whip-like movement of the neck. For the onset of this condition, even minor accidents/bumps are enough. They cause a whipping movement of the neck, enough to cause a serious sprain.  A sudden jolt on the neck because of trips and falls can also cause this condition.   

What Are the Symptoms?  

Symptoms might vary in each person, but talking about the most frequently noticed ones, this list would suffice. 

  • Pain in the neck region  
  • Head feels too heavy for the neck 
  • Reduced/tight neck movement 
  • Stiffness of the neck 
  • Pain on the shoulders and arms 
  • Tingling sensation in arms and fingers 
  • Dizziness, headache, blurred vision, and pain while swallowing 
  • Irritability and difficulty in concentrating 

How Can Whiplash be Treated? 

There are plenty of methods to treat and manage the condition of whiplash. Among them, physiotherapy has proved out to be the most fruitful one. When it comes to physiotherapy, a thorough study on the patient’s medical history and orthopedic, neurological and spinal examinations are done to determine the cause and treatment. It can be different for people based on different criteria. The nodal point of the pain will be found first and diagnostic imaging techniques like X-Ray, CT, MRI, and posture pro scans will help in fully assessing the damage.   

When it comes to physiotherapy, the aim will be to reduce pain and inflammation, to stabilize the neck and prevent further damage. Ice-treatment has proved out to be one of the best remedies.  

If it is about providing support to the head and neck, it becomes a matter of great importance to keep the neck mobile rather than keeping it immobile in a soft cervical collar. Regular neck exercises, and active movements, as suggested by the physiotherapist, have had a strong track record of fast recovery rather than resting it for long periods of time.  

When the pain decreases and the stability of the neck improves, gentle massage of the spine by physiotherapists will help in improving neck functions and reducing nerve pressure. Postural advice play a keep role in preventing the occurrence of such conditions in the future. The poor and lazy posture of the neck, especially while working on a laptop, handling daily chores, or while dealing with sedentary jobs can result in this condition. 

Sleeping postures play a major role as well. In this case, contoured pillows with a design that adapts to the head, neck, and shoulder contour for back and side sleepers can make a big difference.    

With a strong record of healing and cure, Mount Isa Physio has experienced and expert Physiotherapists, the best techniques for treatment, and expert crew under its belt to help people suffering from this condition. Contact us book an appointment.

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