It is not only car accidents that can lead to whiplash. Sudden jerks from slipping, falling or hitting your head can give you a whiplash-type injury. Forceful repetitive head movements may cause injury as well. The “facet” joints at the back of your neck glide over each other and are self-lubricated but in a whiplash injury they are forced together causing damage not only to the joints themselves but often to surrounding tissues such as the discs, muscles, ligaments and nerves.
Whiplash-type injuries can lead to a variety of symptoms including neck pain, arm pain, headaches, dizziness, light headedness, fatigue and poor concentration.
Our Healthcare 2000 chiropractors will take a thorough case history and complete a full examination before reaching an informed diagnosis and advising an appropriate treatment programme for you. Treatment for such injuries may involve gentle, specific adjustments to your neck either directly or, if there is too much inflammation, using an “activator” instrument or “drop technique” to introduce joint movement. Sometimes special resistence type exercises will help to get you moving when any or all movements are excruciating. The aim is to reduce pain and restore normal movement to the area. Treatment aims to ensure that each joint is working at its best leading to a reduction of pain and restoration of normal movement.
Treatment will probably involve selective exercise and rehabilitation techniques. You will be given individual advice on your day-to-day activities, such as how to position your workstation, how to place your pillow and how to modify your lifestyle in order to speed recovery and reduce the likelihood of a recurrence of pain.