Whiplash is an umbrella term, describing the injuries and symptoms usually associated with a low-speed car accident. It could also be termed an 'acceleration-deceleration injury - for example, when a car is shunted from behind, the person is initially accelerated forward momentarily, then decelerated by the seatbelt. In this regard, you could experience a whiplash-type injury by falling off a horse. You accelerate towards to the ground, then decelerate when you hit the floor.

The injuries & symptoms associated with whiplash are neck pain, upper back pain, arm and shoulder pain, soft tissue injuries, headaches, pins and needles, loss of concentration, and sleep disturbance amongst others.

Whiplash can also affect a person psychologically; people may become fearful when driving or their mood may change. These problems can make whiplash quite a complex set of problems to address.

The natural instinct is to avoid movement which makes the pain worse. However, this approach is likely to prolonged or worsen your pain. Regular pain relief and keeping the affected parts moving is highly recommended. Heat can provide relief to soothe injured muscles and joints. 

Early intervention with physiotherapy helps to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms, along with reassurance that the injured party is likely to get significantly better. Symptoms can last a number of months, but with appropriate treatment and self management you can be in control of your pain.

Contact Us for further information on how we can help with whiplash.

*The information on this page is not a substitute for medical advice and we advise people to seek help for any complaint from one of our physiotherapists or other suitably qualified clinician.