Whiplash Treatment Brisbane
Whiplash is the most commonly diagnosed vehicle crash injury in Australia. However, it’s not only car accidents that cause whiplash, a neck injury. Whiplash can result from any incident involving forceful trauma to the neck, which can result in chronic pain. This includes falls, sports 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 injury, often resulting from sudden jerking movements of the head and neck, can lead to significant strain on the neck muscles and cervical spine. The common symptoms are neck pain, discomfort, and limited mobility. Additionally, whiplash injuries may have more severe consequences, including severe pain and damage to the neck’s discs. It is crucial to seek proper treatment to alleviate neck strain and address the whiplash treatment effectively.
At Brisbane West Osteopathy we have a special interest in chronic pain conditions like whiplash injuries. 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 treatment, 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 strain, you may have whiplash. If so, you should seek medical advice and physical therapy to reduce pain. Note, some of these symptoms can take several days to manifest:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Neck Stiffness
- 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 for long term pain or initial injury. This includes massage and light stretching after the pain signals. We NEVER use forceful techniques on an acute sprain like a whiplash injury as this can exacerbate existing damaged neck pain. If you sprained your ankle, you wouldn’t want someone forcefully pulling on it. This is even more true for your neck muscles! Instead, our goal is to increase function and reduce pain, while addressing the underlying problem and treating severe pain.
In recently acquired cases of a whiplash injury, we use exceptionally gentle techniques to help reduce muscle spasming and abnormal neurological feedback and to increase the range of motion of the neck. Moreover, we transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation to treat whiplash. 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 and spinal cord. We recommend starting osteopathic treatment immediately after you sustain the whiplash injury. That’s because the sooner your whiplash injury 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). 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 injury, 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.