Most of us think whiplash is associated with road traffic accidents but in reality you can get whiplash injuries also while playing sports or due to a trip or fall. However majority of the whiplash injuries presenting to physiotherapy clinics are related to road traffic accidents. Whiplash injury is a neck injury caused by forward and backward movement of neck following an impact. Patient usually presented with neck stiffness, muscle spasm and neck pain following an accident. Chronic neck pain lasts for more than 3 months and can be associated with anxiety and depression. Most whiplash injuries respond well to 6 weeks of physiotherapy treatment however chronic neck pain can last for much longer. Acute and subacute whiplash injury is mainly treated by manual therapy, soft tissue release, core stability exercises. Whiplash associated disorder guideline published in 2010 describes active exercises, education and coping strategies as most effective treatment technique during acute phase. However evidence suggests that manual mobilisation and exercise therapy is more effective in chronic neck pain.. In some cases neck symptoms can be associated with fractures, shooting pain down the arm, pins and needles and numbness.
Physiotherapist’s role is not just limited to treatment but it has major role in identifying any serious pathology. We offer thorough orthopedic testing, neurological and vascular assessment and do appropriate referrals if there is any indication of serious pathology. All our physiotherapists are highly experienced in treating whiplash associated disorders and keep themselves up-to-date by attending various continues professional development courses and reading latest research articles on whiplash associated disorder,. Physiotherapists are now able to do medico legal report writing like the GPs since October 2014 in the new whiplash reform by Ministry of Justice. We are preferred physiotherapy provider for most of the medico legal companies in London region.