Unfortunately, a common condition we see in the clinic is a patient with a whiplash associated disorder.
The common scenario is coming to a stop at a set of lights or the traffic stops in front of your car and the driver behind you either doesn’t realise you have stopped or they are distracted by using their phone etc. They can’t stop in time and run into the back of you with a bang.
Whiplash is not a diagnosis but rather a term to describe the acceleration-deceleration forces on the neck when this type of accident occurs. These forces can lead to injuries to muscles, joints and nerves leading to pain and other symptoms including;
Being lightheaded with neck movement
The good news is that most of these symptoms and injuries will heal with the appropriate management but some people can have persistent symptoms at greater than 12 months later.
Firstly, you should see your local GP and have an assessment of your condition and have this documented.
In Queensland, when you injured in a motor vehicle accident due to the fault (total or partial ) of the driver, owner or another person insured under a Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance policy, you may be able a CTP claim under the legislation.
See http://www.maic.qld.gov.au for more information.
Then it is a good idea to have a comprehensive assessment at All Care Physiotherapy with one of our experienced physiotherapists.
Ask your doctor for a referral.
We can then start the appropriate treatment to get you back on track and out of pain as well as fill in a provider management plan that we can send off to the CTP insurer. The CTP insurer will generally approve at least some initial physio treatment to help you recover.
Once the CTP insurer accepts the claim then our clinic can directly bill the insurer meaning that you are not paying for the approved consults. Any initial consults can be reimbursed by the CTP insurer.
Signs you may need further assessment like a scan of your neck
Grow tall through the top of your head and gently draw your shoulder blades back. Try to align the centre of your ear with the tip of your shoulder.
While maintaining your good posture, complete the gentle range of movement exercises as pain free as possible.
Gently activate the deep stabilising muscles of the neck by performing a gentle nodding movement. Think about nodding yes and then hold without the big muscles of the front to the neck working. Hold 10 secs. 6 repeats.
Complete these exercises with a small amount of pain free contraction of the muscles. An isometric contraction is one where the force of the resistance with your hands is as much as the force of moving. Therefore there is no movement of your head as part of the exercise. Hold 6 secs. 6 repeats.
Firstly, start the exercises listed to get you on the right track.
Secondly, an assessment with one of our experienced Physiotherapists to pinpoint what are the issues that need to be addressed would be beneficial. See your GP for a referral and lets start getting you on the right track.
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