Have you ever heard or experienced whiplash before? When getting into an automobile accident, experiencing an injury can go from as small as a sprained knee to some fractured bones. Whiplash, however, can be quite a common occurrence. Whiplash occurs when a sudden jarring movement of the head is sustained backward, forward or even to the side. It weakens the spine and causes serious pain as well as these other indicators:
- Neck pain
- Reduce range of motion in the neck
- Neck stiffness
- Blurred vision
- Shoulder pain
- Arm pain
- Low back pain
The seriousness of the physical effects from whiplash in a car accident is sometimes not felt immediately. It can take days, weeks or even months depending on how big the impact on your body is. That’s why physical therapy is very essential and important to maintain the health of spine from an accident.
Since, physical therapists specialize in the care of bones, nerves and muscles; they are crucial to visit after an accident or any parts of the body that has been traumatized. All those major parts of the body are important to correct alignment so all body can operate perfectly and function properly.
Any car accident that at first sight seems minor can cause serious injuries to driver and passengers. That’s why physiotherapy treatments are beneficial to restore the body, relieve pain, make necessary adjustments to spine alignment and might include massage or foam roller techniques. Other than treatments, advice for some exercises and nutrition would be given, and these are just the few examples of the way physiotherapists treat every individual from an accident.