Whiplash Injury

Osteopathic assessment and treatment

Whiplash, also known as an acceleration-deceleration injury, is a common cause of neck pain. Occasionally whiplash is due to a sports injury, but most often it is due to a car accident.

The symptoms of whiplash include a stiff and painful neck that may only develop 24-72 hours after the collision, headaches, dizziness and blurred vision.

More serious symptoms of a severe pain at the back of the neck, memory loss or unconsciousness require immediate medical attention.

Cold therapy and anti-inflammatories are suggested in the first 24-48 hours. After this, soft tissue massage, stretching and manipulation by an Osteopath can help to reduce the symptoms of whiplash.