Whiplash is a common term for the severe forward-and-back motion the neck undergoes when it is subjected to high-impact forces, such as those occurring in a car accident. While whiplash can result in immediate pain, for many, the onset of symptoms can be delayed for days or even weeks. What’s more, the long-term effects of whiplash can become progressively worse over time, especially without treatment.
This is why it is critical to get yourself checked out by a qualified physician if you have been involved in any motor vehicle collision or other accident that may have caused whiplash. By identifying the injury early on and being proactive about treatment, you can give yourself the best chance of minimizing the long-term effects of whiplash.
How physical therapy helps with whiplash
For patients dealing with whiplash as the source of neck pain and other symptoms, physical therapy is a very common form of treatment. A qualified therapist can help patients manage the long-term effects of whiplash, including pain in the neck, upper back and shoulders as well as headaches, dizziness and stiffness.
After an evaluation that typically involves reviewing medical history, discussing symptoms and a hands-on physical evaluation, a qualified therapist can recommend treatments that include:
- Strength and stability exercises for the neck
- Gentle stretches to improve flexibility and range of motion
- Postural training to evenly distribute pressure throughout the upper body
- Manual therapy, including myofascial release to break up painful bundles of tissue
- Electrical stimulation to help relieve pain and promote healthy blood flow
You can also expect instruction on lifestyle changes and exercises you can do at home to supplement your in-clinic sessions. Overcoming whiplash on a long-term basis requires having patience, making healthy choices and being consistent about treatment.
Experience the Armor difference
At Armor Physical Therapy, our talented clinical team is passionate about delivering individualized treatment. We’ll help you develop a plan to manage the long-term effects of whiplash and help you enjoy the healthy and active lifestyle you deserve.
To learn more about our staff, locations and treatment options, contact us today. We’ll be glad to help you schedule your initial appointment.