Motor Vehicle Accidents Injuries, Whiplash
As soon as you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident you can call us to arrange an initial assessment. Also contact your motor vehicle insurance company to complete their mandatory paperwork. Early Physiotherapy intervention is advised to reduce pain, restore your function, strengthen muscles around joints and return you to everyday activities, work, and sports.
It is estimated that there are more than 100 000 whiplash cases in Canada each year. Most occur from automobile accidents, but whiplash can also result from sport or occupational injuries.
Whiplash occurs when the force of an impact thrusts your head forward and then rapidly jerks it back again. The soft tissues of the neck and upper spine are stretched and torn by the jerking motion, causing inflammation, pain, muscle tightening and/or sensations of numbness in the neck and shoulders.
In most whiplash cases, it is the muscles and ligaments of the neck that have been affected, although there can be bone fractures or joint damage in severe cases. The key to a successful and complete recovery is to get early and effective treatment to deal with the symptoms of whiplash.
Physiotherapists are primary care rehabilitation professionals who have the specialized skills to educated a whiplash injury and the effect it may have on the body, posture and function. Once the injury has been assessed to ensure there is no fracture or ligament tear, exercises may be prescribed to strengthen and condition damaged joints and soft tissues. In addition, Physiotherapists may assist with pain relief through manual therapy, ice and/or heat applications, and relaxation techniques. Muscle stabilizing and strengthening exercises restore dynamic stabilization for the neck and surrounding muscles.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be eligible to recieve coverage for Physiotherapy through your auto insurer.