Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck. Whiplash most often occurs during a car accident, but the injury can also result from a sports incidents or other types of trauma.
Spasm in the neck occurs as a result of whiplash as the muscles try to protect the spinal structures. Often patients report feeling fine immediately after the incident but muscle soreness and stiffness creeps in 24-48 hours later. Symptoms will include headaches, soreness with looking up, down, left or right and may also extend to the back and shoulders depending on how the whiplash has occurred.
We often hear about whiplash becoming a long term problem however most people with whiplash get better within a few weeks by following a treatment plan that includes exercise and physiotherapy. The sooner it is assessed and treatment begins, usually the better the outcome.
Physio Fit Adelaide proudly offers quality care to the all of the local necks (and the people attached to them) of Modbury, Findon, Flinders Park, Seaton, West Lakes, Beverley, Hope Valley & Para Vista.
Why do many people struggle with ongoing neck pain?
The neck seems to be a problem area for many therapists across all disciplines. I’ll admit that it can seem to be a complicated joint when you look at every single little thing that could go wrong. It can be overwhelming! Your neck moves in many different ways and is incredibly strong, whilst incredibly mobile!
I think that this may be the reason that it typically isn’t treated effectively and if you’re reading this then I can almost guarantee that you have, or have had, frustrating neck pain. So if you’d humour me for a few minutes, let me offer a solution to your pain… there is HOPE for you yet!
So what does help my neck?
Manual Therapy – This is such an effective tool to reduce pain initially and to get you feeling like you can move again, BUT…it shouldn’t last forever and if it does, I hate to say it but that therapist is taking you for a ride!
Mobility – It’s so ESSENTIAL that we get your back moving, and moving well, through all planes of movement as soon as possible so prevent further issues that you may face in the future from not using it! Have you ever had your arm or leg in a cast? How incredibly hard was it to bend your elbow/knee when you got it off? It was so STIFF and PAINFUL right? It’s the same with your neck, if you guard the movements, everything else around it will tighten up and then normal neck movements will BECOME RESTRICTED and PAINFUL!
Strength – I say it over and over, but that’s because no proper neck treatment can be complete without a strengthening program. In order to FIX YOUR NECK PAIN and prevent future issue, we need to work together to strengthen the muscles that support your neck. When your neck muscles are weak, they get tired easily and that makes them spasm and, what happens when muscles are overworked and spasm? You got it! They become painful! And contribute to YOUR NECK PAIN!