Neck pain and Whiplash Guidance

Whiplash is known as Neck pain, usually as the result of a car accident, although it is possible for some Sporting injuries to outcome in Whiplash. It is quite common, even in people wearing seatbelts, and very difficult to treat them. Here the damage arise to the soft tissues, such as discs, muscles, and ligaments.

If someone who has had a car accident, must ask a physiotherapist to check for signs and symptoms of whiplash – particularly if it was a rear-end crash.


People who make a complaint of neck pain after Car accident were thought to be making it up to build a case for compensation because the damage rarely shows up on X-rays. However, physiotherapy research in the 1980s used other ways to show clearly that damage to the neck does arise and Whiplash is real. Some statistics estimate that around a third of road accidents result in a whiplash injury.


Common symptoms are:

  • Stiffness or soreness in the upper back.
  •  Poor concentration and memory.
  • Blurry vision.
  •  Ear ringing
  • fatigue
  • dizziness
  • Jaw pain
  • Sleep problems
  • Neck pain

Treatment Guidance

Heat, ice, massage, exercises, traction, or ultrasound are some of common treatment could be helpful. Your physiotherapists can offer some treatments that will assist recovery, but it is not always clear which structures have been damaged.

It appears that about 1/3 of people involved in a car accident will feel no symptoms, one-third will develop some symptoms that clear up in a few weeks, and one-third will develop quite severe symptoms which may linger as chronic pain for years.

It was once the case that most people who had suffered whiplash were advised to rest and wear a soft collar to support and protect the neck and keep it immobile. These days the thinking is that recovery will occur earlier and more completely if people keep moving and continue to exercise sensibly. As with many conditions, early mobilisation is the key.


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