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Whiplash

Whiplash

Whiplash is primarily a neck injury that occurs when your head is thrown backwards (hyperextension) and then forward (hyperflexion) in violent fashion. Ligaments, muscles and tendons are injured mostly, but also nerves and spinal joints in severe cases. Whiplash is often a consequence of rear-end collisions or other trauma-inducing event. Common signs and symptoms of whiplash include neck pain and inflammation, reduced neck motion, weakened neck muscles, pain and weakness in the shoulders/arms, headaches and dizziness.

Physical Therapy is an effective treatment option including both passive and active treatments. The physical therapist will first evaluate the spine and surrounding soft tissue, looking for imbalances and weakness associated with the injury. The therapist will then establish a treatment plan that is specific for the individual injury. Overall, the goal of physical therapy for whiplash is to help reduce muscle spasms, increase blood circulation, and promote healing of the neck tissues to restore proper function and movement.

For more information or how we treat whiplash injuries, call Priority Physical Therapy.