Physiotherapy Treatment for Whiplash

Here at Susan Quin Physiotherapy, I am experienced in examining, assessing and treating whiplash. If there is any need for further investigation I will refer you on to the relevant specialist.


What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is the movement that occurs due to a sudden acceleration-deceleration movement. These movements happen in road traffic accidents when a car stops suddenly on impact. They can also happen if you slip or fall or get a blow to the head.The force of the movement makes your neck move beyond its normal range. The ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, fascia and joints in your neck can be overstretched.

Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) describe the injuries sustained due to a whiplash movement.

Common Symptoms of Whiplash Associated Disorders

The main symptoms are pain and stiffness in the neck. It may take several hours after the accident for these symptoms to appear. The pain and stiffness often become worse on the day after the accident.

  • Pain or stiffness in the shoulders or down the arms 
  • Pain and stiffness in the upper and lower part of the back
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness, light-headedness and unsteadiness 
  • Blurred vision
  • Jaw pain
  • Pain on swallowing 
  • Tiredness and irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Psychological or post traumatic stress
  • Memory issues
  • Sleep problems
  • Tinnitus
  • Anxiety/ depression
  • Pins and Needles/ Numbness
  • Weakness

Physiotherapy Treatment for Whiplash

Physiotherapy is part of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment of whiplash and can show you how best to manage your symptoms. This includes the GP, A&E, Radiology, Clinical Psychologists and Pain Management Consultants..

It is very important to encourage early movement after a whiplash without aggravating your symptoms. 

Physiotherapists assess you and advise how to manage your symptoms. Each person is different. No two whiplash injuries are the same. We assess your joint movement, neck muscle strength, neck tenderness and sensitivity.


How Long does Whiplash Last?

Every whiplash injury is different. Some people have more severe symptoms than others. 

The outcome is unknown and unpredictable. Recovery for some may take a few weeks but others can take several months or even years. Some can progress to long term pain and disability. It is very individual. A relatively minor accident can have a huge impact on some while others have no symptoms.

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Susan Quin Physiotherapy provides Home Visits for Personalised Physiotherapy Assessment and Treatment in the Raheny, Clontarf, Killester, Artane, Fairview, Donaghmede, Clongriffin, Malahide, Portmarnock, Baldoyle, Sutton and Howth areas.

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