Treating Your Whiplash with Physiotherapy

Treating Your Whiplash with Physiotherapy

When you think of whiplash, a car accident or sports injury probably comes to mind. However, whiplash is a common injury with numerous possible causes. 

Fortunately, there’s a drug-free treatment for whiplash called physiotherapy. Learn more about the healing benefits of physiotherapy from the whiplash experts at AllCare Chiropractic.

Whiplash 101

Your neck is an intricate system of tendons, muscles, veins, nerves, ligaments, and vertebrae that help you hold your head high each day. Although your neck is strong, any sudden back-and-forth motion can wreak havoc on these tissues. 

The result is whiplash, and symptoms include:

The causes of whiplash vary and may involve contact sports, amusement park rides, violence, or auto accidents. 

Diagnosing whiplash

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms and think you may have suffered whiplash, our experienced team at AllCare Chiropractic can help. 

We take the time to listen to your concerns and medical history before gently evaluating your neck for visible injuries, tenderness, strength, and flexibility. This may cause minor discomfort. It’s essential to communicate with your provider about your pain levels to help determine where treatment should begin.

If necessary, your provider may order additional tests, such as an MRI, to ensure an accurate diagnosis to help get your treatment started quickly. 

If you’re experiencing symptoms of whiplash after a sports accident, automobile accident, or another type of incident, early treatment can help you avoid chronic pain and a reliance on painkillers. And your best option for treatment may be physiotherapy.

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, deters long-lasting damage to your neck, back, jaw, and arms. With early intervention, physiotherapy can stabilize your neck and help restore its full functionality. 

Your physiotherapist guides you through stretching and muscle-training exercises to help you regain strength and stability and reduce inflammation and pain. Other techniques may include ultrasound, massage, or hot and cold therapy.

A neck brace, or cervical collar, may not go with your outfit, but it may help prevent inflammation, sudden movement, or recurring injuries. You’re also given information about your injury to help you continue treatment when you’re at home. 

If you’re worried about your ability to perform the required exercises, rest assured. Your physiotherapist works closely with you to customize a treatment plan to suit your needs. 

At AllCare Chiropractic, your wellness is of the utmost importance, and our expert physiotherapists use the best treatment methods to help you enjoy a swift recovery. If you’re experiencing symptoms of whiplash, give us a call today or book your appointment online.

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