Whiplash, also known as a neck sprain or strain, is commonly suffered during an automobile collision. It is a soft tissue Injury to the neck characterized by an assortment of symptoms following injury to the neck, usually because of violent back and forth movement of the head during a collision. This injury may include damage to Intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots.
Whiplash cannot be seen from the results of MRIs, CT Scans, or X-rays. However, fractures of the spine can be seen on X-ray films. An accurate description of symptoms as well as a medical history can help your physician determine if you are suffering from whiplash.
The more common signs of whiplash include muscle tightness or tenderness in the neck and upper back, stiffness in the neck, dizziness, nausea, and shoulder or arm pain. These symptoms sometimes present immediately after injury or slowly develop over a few days. Some of the more severe symptoms include an inability to move the neck, difficulty swallowing, frequent headaches, compromised vision, and balance difficulty.
Whiplash patients can begin Massage Therapy immediately after imaging and diagnosis has been made. A physician may also recommend anti-inflammatory medication and/or muscle relaxants to help relieve the symptoms of whiplash. Your therapist may use methods such as manual therapy, symptom-specific modalities, and therapeutic exercises to treat you. Studies have shown that early therapeutic intervention of massage with guided exercise therapy often gives the best possible results.