Whiplash Physiotherapy
in Brampton

Understanding Whiplash

Whiplash injuries result from sudden, forceful acceleration-deceleration movements affecting the head, neck, and spine. Typically occurring during car accidents, sports injuries, or falls, whiplash entails rapid forward and backward motion of the neck, leading to various symptoms depending on the severity of the injury. Common symptoms include headaches, neck pain and stiffness, dizziness, shoulder discomfort, nerve pain radiating to the arms and hands, jaw pain, and psychological effects like anxiety and depression.

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Home Care

While whiplash is a complex injury best treated by professionals, initial home care measures can be beneficial. During the first few days post-injury, applying ice and using anti-inflammatory medication can help alleviate symptoms. As symptoms improve, transitioning to moist heat application and initiating a gentle exercise regimen is advisable. Exercises should start with range of motion exercises, isometric contractions, and neck stabilization exercises before progressing to strengthening exercises targeting the upper back and shoulder joints.

Professional Treatment

Patients involved in motor vehicle accidents typically undergo examination and diagnostic tests at hospitals or by family physicians. At our clinic, chiropractors, physiotherapists, and massage therapists specialize in treating whiplash injuries. Early intervention is crucial for optimal recovery, and our treatments may include manual therapy, patient education, specific exercises, spinal manipulation, and dry needling.

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Basic Exercises for Whiplash

Perform the following exercises with an upright posture for optimal results:

Neck Range of Motion Exercises

  • Flexion: From a seated or standing position, align your ears with your shoulders. Inhale deeply and gently bring your chin towards your chest as you exhale. Hold for approximately 5 seconds before returning to the starting position.
  • Extension: Maintain an upright posture and inhale deeply. Gently extend your neck backward as if looking at the ceiling, exhaling during the motion. Hold for approximately 5 seconds before returning to the starting position.
  • Bilateral Rotation: Start in an upright position, ensuring ear-to-shoulder alignment. Inhale deeply and gently turn your head towards one shoulder as far as possible. Hold for about 5 seconds before returning to the starting position and repeating on the opposite side.

Recovery Duration

The recovery timeline for whiplash injuries varies based on factors such as the extent of muscle/tissue damage, severity of the injury, and desired return to tasks, occupations, or sports activities. Generally, soft tissue healing takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks, contingent on effective management of inflammation during the initial stages of injury. Additionally, this timeframe excludes the duration needed for motor control, stability, strength, and endurance building. Seeking immediate medical attention from a healthcare provider following a whiplash injury is crucial for proper management and recovery.

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