Our practice provides help for whiplash and whiplash neck sprain sufferers to the local areas of Caroline Springs, Burnside, Taylors Hill, Hillside, Deer Park, Cairnlea, Rockbank, Delahey & Kings Park.

What is a whiplash neck sprain?

A whiplash neck sprain develops when your head is abruptly shaken forwards and backwards in a whip-like movement generally brought on in motor car accidents referred to as a “rear-ender”. These motions produce extensive pressure, typically resulting in the neck to move far past the typical range of movement and results in harm to the delicate supporting structures of the neck.

Whiplash is effectively a sprain of the joints inside the neck – Physiotherapists refer to this as a vertebral dysfunction.

Whiplash might also be a consequence of intense sporting injuries that create similar stress to the neck joints, ligaments, muscles along with discs.


Whiplash neck sprains are widespread. Close to 2 in 3 individuals involved in car accidents experience neck pain (with or without other injuries ). Many people are amazed because of the oncoming of neck pain following even small injuries many hours following the automobile accident.

It is important to understand that even trivial car bumps may cause adequate whipping of the neck to cause symptoms. Less frequently, whiplash might occur from day-to-day mishaps such as jolting your neck after you trip or fall.


Whilst the symptoms of whiplash will vary, the following represent the most frequently noticed effects of whiplash.

Pain in the neck
Head feels too heavy for the neck
Decreased neck movement
Neck tightness
Ache into the shoulders and arms
Tingling in the arms and fingers
Giddiness, headache, fuzzy vision and pain on ingesting
Irritability and difficulty to pay attention

Physiotherapy Treatment of Whiplash

Physiotherapy care for whiplash is especially effective. All Physiotherapy care primarily consists of a meticulous history, orthopaedic, neurological in addition to spinal examination to decide the actual location and reason for your neck pain. Diagnostic imaging like Xray, CT, MRI and also posture pro scans may also be used to thoroughly evaluate any injury.

Treatment consists of minimizing pain and inflammation and stabilizing your neck to prevent more harm . Ice is often the most effective natural anti-inflammatory method and it is also very comforting when your neck is painful.

If you’re able to support your head as well as neck, it is specially necessary to keep your neck mobile as opposed to immobilizing it in a soft cervical collar. Studies show that you’re much likely to get a faster restoration if you do common neck stretches, and keep your neck active as an alternative to relaxing it for very long periods in a collar.

When your pain reduces, and your steadiness increases, your Physiotherapist will massage and slowly mobilize your spine to assist boost your neck function and minimize nerve strain.

Some other advice is to refrain from poor neck posture in your day-to-day routine and to use a firm supporting contoured pillow while sleeping.

Whiplash responds very well to Physiotherapy treatment , with many people experiencing vital progress in weeks of beginning care.