These are just some of the areas that may be involved in a whiplash injury.
People can find that their neck gets flared up at the slightest provocation, such as reaching out to place a dinner plate at the table. Tasks like lifting things overhead or looking down for long periods of time (like when reading or gardening) can become difficult. It can become quite frustrating for some, and for others, they become resigned to the fact that they can no longer do the things that they had enjoyed doing without worrying about pain.
And guess what else?
There are other additional factors that can influence our pain. Increased stress, anxiety, depression, presence of bowel disorders or autoimmune conditions are just some of the things that also cause our pain systems to become more sensitive. Therefore it is important to consider these things during your recovery.
Pain can also be influenced by hands on treatment and exercises that address our tissue mobility and strength or conditioning. Pain can also be reduced by making a plan to return to your life activities as appropriate, and your physical therapist can work with you to troubleshoot movements or practices that may be causing pain.
And if there is something else with your life or your health that may be contributing to your pain, we as physiotherapists can guide you in the direction of other health care providers who can help so that we can take an effective team approach to your recovery.
~ Kristyn Froc, Physiotherapist
1. Al-Khazali, H. M., Ashina, H., Iljazi, A., Lipton, R. B., Ashina, M., Ashina, S., & Schytz, H. W. (2020). Neck pain and headache after whiplash injury: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain, 161(5), 880–888. https://doi.org/10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001805