WHIPLASH – Don’t let it sneak up on you!
Though typically associated with a motor vehicle accident, whiplash can occur as a result of various acceleration/deceleration incidents. I regularly see the manifestations of whiplash from people who have falls in their home or garden, or as a result of sporting injuries. There have even been a few adults who thought joining in the trampoline fun at their kids birthday party was a good idea!
Believe me when I tell you….adults generally do not bounce quite as well as their children! 😖
Also interesting to note is that symptoms of whiplash will often build up after 2 days from the original incident. You may feel fine on the day, but begin to feel discomfort a day or two later. The problem here can be that you may not always link your symptoms to something you did days ago.
If left untreated, whiplash symptoms can progress to a chronic condition lasting more than 6 months. The research all strongly supports that the earlier the intervention, the less likely that will be the case.
So, if there has been any significant jolting to your upper or lower spine that causes stiffness or pain, even after 48 hours, then get an assessment and advice from your physiotherapist.
If that physiotherapist happens to be me….then you’re in luck!! I have nearly 30 years experience treating spinal conditions including whiplash. You’re in excellent hands! 👌
Remember, you can easily book your appointment online. Simply go to “make a booking” to choose a time that suits you.