Whiplash Injuries and Treatment

Whiplash

Whiplash occurs due to the forces of a sudden impact being transmitted through the neck and spine, which then whips backwards and forwards. The most common causes of a whiplash injury are motor vehicle accidents, sporting injuries (e.g. football, boxing, martial arts and water-skiing) and falls. Initial symptoms are often neck pain, stiffness and headaches. These usually last from a few days to a few weeks and then resolve. At this point most people forget about the accident and assume that they are fully recovered.

Unfortunately, without treatment, the ligament, disc or muscle damage caused at the time of injury results in gradual arthritic degeneration of spine. Eventually this can lead to symptoms of aching or pins and needles into the shoulders, arms or hands as well as a recurrence of neck stiffness and headaches. This may be years or even decades after the original injury.

Our bodies simply aren’t designed to withstand a sudden, forceful impact and early detection and treatment can greatly improve outcomes of recovery and the overall health of the spine.

If you have ever had a car accident and experience a tight, sore neck, it is likely that you carry an old whiplash injury, which is treatable and manageable. We often hear people say ‘my neck is just like that’ when all that person needs is some treatment and simple home care.

What to do if you suspect a Whiplash Injury

Following an accident, it is important to visit your GP for an assessment. Injuries, including fractures, may be present even if you are not aware of them.

Allow a few days for the inflammation to settle and then seek treatment from a chiropractor, physiotherapist or remedial massage therapist. They will help to manage the initial protective muscle spasm and ensure correct spinal motion is restored.

Ongoing Management

Ongoing management is important to reduce the chances of permanent arthritic changes to the joints of the neck and includes:

  • Gentle Chiropractic adjustment
  • Remedial Massage
  • Rehabilitation Exercises
  • Pilates (breath and stability exercises)

If you think you may be experiencing symptoms as the result of a previous whiplash injury then book a chiropractic assessment with Dr Ben Prince and a remedial massage with Coral or Paul and start your rehabilitation journey today! You’ll be amazed what a difference it can make.

Coral Harvey
Remedial Massage Therapist

Knee Pain

Did you know that often knee pain isn’t because of the knee at all? If the knee begins hurting gradually and is exacerbated by exercise it is commonly a sign that there is a twist in your pelvis. This twist can effectively make one leg shorter than the other. When one leg is shorter you will tend to lean to that side, putting more weight on that knee and changing the angles of force through the knee. This can eventually lead to arthritis of the hip or knee.

If you are experiencing knee pain on one side, that has come on gradually and is worse after you have been running, you can get somebody at home or at your sports club to check to see if one leg seems longer than the other. The easiest way to do this is to lie on a bench or a bed on your stomach with your feet off the end. Get your examiner to bring the feet side-by-side and check if there is a difference in lengths. If you are noticeably shorter on the side that you’re getting your pain (more than about 4mm difference) then there’s a very good chance that your pelvis is out of balance.

Chiropractors are one of the few health professionals positioned to both identify and correct pelvic imbalance, which can dramatically reduce or eliminate knee pain, due to issues with the pelvis. If this describes your situation then book an appointment today! You’ll be amazed at what a difference it can make.

Happy running and enjoy the sunshine!

Dr. Benjamin Prince
Chiropractor