- Neck pain or stiffness
- Headaches or dizziness
- Loss of range of motion (in the neck or shoulders)
- Blurred vision
- Shoulder and back tenderness and pain
- Myofascial injuries (injuries to ligaments and muscles located in the neck)
What is whiplash treatment?
The treatment of whiplash depends on what symptoms are present and their severity. One of the most important aspects of whiplash treatment is educating the patient about their injury. This includes information on the cause, treatment plan and likely outcomes (prognosis). While whiplash should always be taken seriously, the majority of patients have the ability to fully recover. Patients who are not educated with this information are much more likely to develop chronic complications, such as whiplash associated disorder.
Past treatments for whiplash included a soft cervical collar that was to be worn for several weeks. These collars were designed to limit the neck’s range of motion in order to prevent any further exacerbation. However, recent studies have shown that the prolonged immobilization provided by cervical collars can actually prolong the healing process. Early range of motion is usually recommended if there is no evidence of abnormal spinal alignment.
Patients have been shown to have a more reliable and rapid improvement in their symptoms when they are involved in early range of motion exercises. This type of physical therapy typically involves rotational exercises and can be performed as soon as symptoms allow an increase in range of motion. Excessive rest and immobilization have been shown to increase the risk of chronic symptoms, which is explained by loss of range of motion leading to increased pain and stiffness. Immobilization can also cause muscle atrophy (degeneration), decreased blood flow, and can cause damaged muscles to heal in shortened positions, rendering them less flexible.
If you are suffering from whiplash or any of the symptoms mentioned above, call us today at (573) 335-9188 to schedule your appointment.