Whiplash is a neck injury caused by a sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways.

It often occurs when the soft tissues in the neck become stretched and damaged (sprained) e.g. after a sudden impact such as a road traffic accident. The vigorous movement of the head overstretches and damages the tendons and ligaments in the neck.

Whiplash will often get better within a few weeks or months, but for some people, it can last longer and severely limit activities.

As well as neck pain and stiffness, whiplash can cause:

  • Tenderness in the neck muscles
  • Reduced and painful neck movements
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty moving head
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain in shoulders and arms
  • Pins and needles sensation in hands and arms
  • Loss of balance
  • Tiredness
  • Memory loss including poor circulation and irritability.

It can take several hours for the symptoms to develop after you injure your neck. The symptoms are often worse the day after the injury and may continue to get worse for several days.

Long-term whiplash
Whiplash that lasts for six months or more is known as chronic whiplash or late whiplash syndrome.

How can Rehab Basics Help?

Every Whiplash Injury is different to every individual. After through assessment personalised treatment plan will be agreed with the client. Continuing with the treatments below is more effective for Whiplash:

  • Stretching and strengthening neck muscles
  • FES
  • TENS
  • Manipulation
  • Specifically designed home exercise programmes
  • Balance Training
  • Posture Management

Treatment Sessions are offered in clinics across Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes or at Home Environment.

For further information about our service or to book an appointment with Rehab Basics please contact us