A collision with the car, an unfortunate dive in shallow water, during sports; in different ways someone can get a whiplash. In any case, your head has made a big ‘swishing’ movement with respect to your torso.
Not everyone keeps complaints about it, a number of people experience the necessary nuisance in daily life. The complaints may have come immediately after the accident, or only a day or two afterwards.
It is not entirely clear where the complaints come from. And that makes it difficult to indicate how quickly you are off. One thing is certain: you can do something yourself. By taking a dose and by exercising policy, you contribute to reducing the symptoms and prevent them from persistently and chronically. The whiplash treatment physiotherapy is surely the best support for you now.
In general, recovery from a whiplash is progressing well. Here you can read which movements you can make and with which you can be more careful. As a specialist in movement, the physiotherapist helps you on your way with advice, treatment and guidance.
What exactly is a whiplash?
The literal translation of whiplash is ‘whiplash’. The head has made a sudden movement backwards and forwards in relation to the trunk. The muscles and the bands in the neck are slightly stretched. The neck often feels stiff and painful and moving can hurt.
No damage to the neck
However, the muscles and bands in the neck are strong. After a whiplash there is usually no demonstrable damage to muscles, bones, ligaments or nerves. There is nothing ‘broken’ in your neck or shoulder. Where the complaints do come from, is so far not quite clear. The general assumption is that the neck is overloaded by the forces of the accident and is therefore temporarily out of control.
Which complaints can occur with whiplash?
The number of new whiplash patients is estimated at 15,000 to 30,000 per year. Not everyone suffers from whiplash in the same way. Complaints that can occur are: pain and stiffness in the neck, headache, pain in the arm and shoulder, dizziness. Concentration problems, fatigue, anxiety, not being able to withstand light or sound, depressive symptoms, back pain and sleep problems can also occur. When the complaints arise, it also differs per person. A whiplash can give symptoms immediately after the accident. But they can also occur only hours to two days after the accident. This is part of the ordinary image of a whiplash and is nothing to worry about.
Prospect of recovery
The recovery after a whiplash usually goes well. Within six weeks of the accident, more than half of the people are back at work and after a year almost everyone. The large majority has no lasting hindrance from his whiplash. The recovery is generally slower in the elderly, in women and people with a lot of headaches. Even if you experienced neck pain symptoms immediately after the accident, or if you suffer from tingling in the arm / hand, the recovery will take longer, according to practice.