Whiplash Treatment Brisbane
Whiplash is the most commonly diagnosed vehicle-crash-injury in Australia. However, it’s not only car accidents that cause whiplash. Whiplash can result from any incident involving forceful trauma to the neck. This includes falls, sporting injuries and other significant and sudden jolts to the neck. Essentially, any situation which abruptly forces your neck beyond its normal range of motion.
Whiplash injuries affect the soft tissue of the neck and can damage neck muscles and joints, causing alignment problems. They can also have more serious implications, such as when the discs of the neck sustain damage too.
At Brisbane West Osteopathy we have a special interest in chronic and complex pain conditions like whiplash. We also use a custom diagnosis and treatment platform to offer our patients the best treatment options.
To find out more about how we can help with whiplash, please contact us. One of our osteopaths will personally return your call if required to discuss your treatment options.
Symptoms of Whiplash
If you experience any of the following symptoms after sustaining neck trauma, you may have whiplash. If so, you should seek medical advice. Note, some of these symptoms can take several days to manifest:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Numbness in the neck or arms
- Muscle spasms
- Dizziness (this may indicate whiplash-induced spinal cord damage)
While many patients recover from whiplash-associated disorders in weeks to months, others experience ongoing complications. This unfortunately often means long term pain. However, your recovery time and outcome will depend greatly on:
- The type of treatment you receive
- Your physical activity levels post-injury
- The severity of the whiplash injury you sustained
What’s Involved in Whiplash Treatment Brisbane?
Our osteopaths use a range of gentle techniques for whiplash treatment in Brisbane. This includes massage and light stretching. We NEVER use forceful techniques on an acute sprain like a whiplash injury as this can exacerbate existing damage. If you sprained your ankle, you wouldn’t want someone forcefully pulling on it. This is even more true for your neck! Instead, our goal is to increase function and reduce pain, while addressing the underlying problem.
In recently acquired cases of whiplash, we use exceptionally gentle techniques to help reduce muscle spasming and abnormal neurological feedback and to increase the range of motion of the neck. Gentle techniques can help to ease whiplash symptoms. This is regardless of whether the damage is merely soft tissue damage or more serious disc bulging. We recommend starting osteopathic treatment immediately after you sustain the injury. That’s because the sooner your whiplash is treated, the faster you can recover.
Experience the Brisbane West Difference
For whiplash treatment in Brisbane, we use a unique system, which Dr Joachim Enevoldsen developed, called Osteo Diagnostic Platform (ODP). Dr Yana Haseya has recently helped to further refine the platform. ODP diagnoses and treats the neck and pelvis differently to other diagnostic tools. It helps us to uncover and treat any underlying conditions rather than the symptoms. In cases of whiplash, some practitioners only focus on the neck. The neck is very important in whiplash. However, the trauma sustained during injury can have far-reaching impacts throughout the body, particularly in the pelvis. We see many patients with chronic whiplash-associated pain who have been unresponsive to other treatments. The key to the results we achieve with these patients is the unique way we assess and treat the pelvis as well as the neck.