Due to the mechanism of road traffic accidents, the majority of patients suffer with injuries to their neck which is classed a 'Whiplash Associated Disorder'. Whiplash associated disorder involves a sudden change in movement to the cervical spine, causing excessive extension and flexion, injuring the facet joints and ligaments at the spine.
As a consequence the muscles over the injured area tighten up to protect the spine. This causes overactive trigger points in the muscle and reduced movement and pain to the cervical spine. The pain will be characterised as neck pain and/or headache which affects the individual on a daily basis. Symptoms can typically persist for longer than 6 months, however it is important to speak with a physiotherapist early for advice on how to treat the neck pain and receive hands on treatment. If, following the road traffic accident you suffer from prolonged dizziness, feinting or problems with your speech, swallow or vision, you need to speak to a doctor as soon as possible.
At Jamie Bell Physiotherapy the physiotherapists use a large number of different treatment methods to treat injuries post road traffic accidents. Theses treatment methods include soft tissue massage, acupuncture, exercise prescription, joint mobilisations, joint manipulations, stretching and trigger point release therapy.
If you would like to discuss your problem before booking an appointment please give our physiotherapy team a call, we will do our best to help.