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Whiplash

What is Whiplash?

It is an injury to the muscles, tendons and other soft tissues of the neck caused by a sudden and vigorous movement of the head, sideways, backwards or forwards.

Can physiotherapy help people with whiplash?

Yes. Physiotherapy is effective in the treatment of whiplash and most whiplash patients will start to feel better within a few weeks of the injury.

what are the common causes of whiplash?

  • Motor vehicle accidents

  • A sudden blow to the head from contact sports such as rugby or boxing

  • Being hit on the head by a heavy object

  • A slip or fall where the head is jolted or jarred

How do I know if I have a whiplash?

  • Neck pain or stiffness

  • Headache

  • Shoulder pain, arm pain or upper back pain

  • Dizziness

  • Altered sensation

  • Weakness

  • Visual disturbances

  • Hearing difficulties

  • Difficulty speaking or swallowing

  • Difficulty concentrating

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