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Whiplash

Whiplash is a neck injury caused by a sudden movement of the head, such as in a car crash or a sporting collision. Symptoms can last for weeks or months and include:

  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Headache
  • Shoulder pain
  • Dizziness
  • Pins and needles
  • Memory loss
  • Tiredness

Physiotherapy may reduce the pain and headaches caused by whiplash, and can help get you back to being active and pain-free.

Physiotherapy for whiplash

Whiplash is a complicated condition to manage. There are four degrees of severity, and the greater the severity the more complex and involved the management of the condition.

We consult with your GP and consider appropriate pain management, while helping you create specific goals in line with your daily activities and work requirements. We will also liaise with insurance companies, as this is often a stressful part of the recovery.

We also have a recognised history in whiplash research and have participated in studies led by the University of Sydney and University of Queensland, and the George Institute for Global Health.

Our treatment focuses on soft tissue techniques, joint mobilisation and manipulation combined with specific exercises to strengthen deep neck flexor muscles, as recommended by a recent Australia-wide trial.

We also use established methods to monitor your improvement.