What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a term used to describe the symptoms which occur after the neck swings forward and backward suddenly and very fast. This very fast movement is usually called a sudden acceleration-deceleration force. The symptoms usually affect muscles, joints, ligaments, bones, nerves and discs in the neck and upper body regions.
Causes of Whiplash
Whiplash is most commonly caused by motor vehicle accident. Other activities which may cause whiplash are instances where there is sudden acceleration-deceleration forces such as sporte related collision or roller-coasters.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Symptoms may vary widely and can occur either immediately or after a few days . Some common symptoms are
- Neck pain
- Upper back pain, shoulder pain or arm pain
- Difficulty concentrating, speaking, hearing or swallowing
- Visual difficulties and altered sensations
Severe signs of whiplash or red flags of whiplash
Because whiplash is often associated with trauma, there are instances when something more problematic may be ongoing internally. It is important you notify your physiotherapist or physician and present to the emergency room if you have the following symptoms:
- Progressive weakness or sensation problem
- Gait disturbances
- Drop attacks or fainting
- Incontinence-bladder or bowel problems
- Difficulty speaking or swallowing
Treatment of whiplash in Nigeria
Treating whiplash requires a combination of techniques depending on the unique case of the person. Some of PhysioCraft treatment protocols for whiplash include exercises to encourage strength, flexibility and posture, joint mobilisation and manipulation, soft tissue mobilisation, ultrasound thereapy, active movement as soon as possible, vestibular rehabilitation, taping are some of the treatment for whiplash that we offer in Nigeria.
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