How can physio help treat Whiplash?

A whiplash is a neck injury caused by a sudden back and forth movement of your head and neck like the cracking of a whip. Whiplash is mainly caused by trauma such as car accidents, falls or sports injury. Typically, at first there are no symptoms of whiplash but they will start to emerge within 2-3 days. Symptoms of whiplash may include neck and shoulder pain and stiffness, dizziness, headaches (mainly at the base of your skull) and tiredness. Whiplash can normally be treated by doing minimal movement to rest damaged tissue for the first 24 hours.

To ensure your neck doesn’t stiffen up, do slow neck movements every 30-40 minutes. Using a mix of ice and heat treatments should also help to relieve the pain and speed the recovery process. However sometimes this is not adequate, and you may need help from a physiotherapist.

What will happen at my first appointment?

Firstly, your physiotherapist will assess the severity of your condition and then determine your individualised treatment plan. Treatment will help to provide some pain relief and improve the range of motion of your neck. It could include:

  • Manipulation and mobilisation – Manual techniques to physically improve range of movement in your neck and shoulders
  • Postural realignment – Involves a postural assessment and exercises to help improve your posture and relieve pain whilst loosening stiff joints
  • Massage – Target inflamed areas to provide pain relief and loosen up joints
  • Stretches – Decrease tension and stiffness in shoulder and neck muscles

Neck range of movement exercises to complete if you have whiplash:

If you feel that physiotherapy can help you overcome and manage your whiplash, please contact Home Physio Group on 0330 335 1016  to talk to our team, or alternatively, please use the contact form on the website and we will reach out to you.

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Why choose Home Physio Group?

We are a dedicated team of Chartered Physiotherapists working exclusively in your home and providing the highest level of care. We recognise the importance of knowing that you are in safe hands and being looked after. With this is mind, our client management team are here to assist you every step of the way and will answer any questions you may have. We are passionate about helping you to reach your goals, relieve your pain, and improve your mobility.

The benefits of using our service include:

  • All our physiotherapists are hand-picked professionals with years of experience
  • We are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). All our physiotherapists are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 
  • We will arrange visits in your own home (or care home or place of work) at a convenient time to you
  • We work at speed and do not have a waiting list
  • We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments
  • Our team work closely with the country’s leading consultants and specialists in their field
  • You will always have the same physiotherapist visiting you at home
  • You can have as many visits as you require
  • Our fixed pricing structure can be provided in writing so that you can consider it in your own time
  • We believe there is no “one size fits all” approach to care. Your personalised programme and treatment strategy will be unique to you