After Accident Care For Whiplash
After a car accident it’s normal to feel disbelief and maybe even a sense of rage. Car accidents are traumatic, and they leave you shaken and confused. But regardless of your emotional feelings, you need to tend to your physical feelings as soon as possible. Not doing so will affect your body’s ability to heal.
We can help if you’re hurt
You may not be fully aware of all your injuries at the time of an accident. Some injuries sustained in a car accident may take weeks to show, and if left unexamined can lead to headaches, serious pain, and even arthritis. And if you’ve suffered whiplash, many of those traumas may not surface until well after the emotional trauma of the accident passes.
If whiplash isn’t addressed properly with soft tissue therapy the injury to the muscles and tendons can remain and cause serious, chronic pain for months, years, and maybe even decades. The therapy team at Yonge Street Physiotherapy + Wellness is ready to help you with every aspect of your post car accident soft tissue injury.
Whiplash rehabilitative care experts
The Yonge Street Physiotherapy + Wellness team has the tools that effectively treat motor vehicle whiplash injury. The trauma’s story is familiar to our team, and through years of experience we have designed a program complete in every aspect to assist you getting back on track and feeling good.
Our rehabilitative program includes:
- Progressive exercises
- Postural alignment training
- Heat/Ice therapy
- Lumbar support
- Massage therapy
- Joint mobilization
- Manual & mechanical traction
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stiulation (TENS)
- Interferential current
- Supportive pillow
- Home-based exercise prescriptions
- Laser treatment
We also provide you with progress reports and a discharge report when required.
What is whiplash?
Pain that occurs in the neck, at the base of the skull after soft tissue damage to the neck is called whiplash.
For most people, recovery from whiplash takes a few weeks. But there are a percentage of people, typically 15 to 20 percent, whose whiplash injuries develop into more serious, chronic conditions. The injury is not trivial, as only 70 to 82 percent of whiplash victims are totally recovered within two years of an injury.
- Neck or back pain
- Numbness or tingling in arms and legs
- Stiffness or tightness in muscles
- Poor range of motion of the neck or low back
- Sleep trouble
- Tiredness or fatigue
- Inability to concentrate
The myths of whiplash
People often don’t seek treatment for whiplash because of the many myths that surround the injury. But the damaged muscles and tendons that make up the soft tissue of the neck can be inured. And that injury is no myth, and neither is the pain. If left untreated, whiplash can heal such that the neck will become weaker and more susceptible to future injury.
Some common myths about whiplash
- It just takes time for the muscles to heal, it’s not serious
- It was a small accident so the stiffness in my neck isn’t serious
- The car was only slightly damaged, I’m not hurt either
- The insurance company won’t pay if it’s my fault
- Pursuing whiplash injury treatment is taking advantage of the system
The facts are this: If caught early enough, inflammation and scaring due to whiplash will be greatly reduced. Treatment will lead to a more complete and healthier tissue healing, and therapies like soft tissue release will help you to regain muscular strength, normal functioning, and flexibility by correction of the underlying scar tissue.
Treatment of whiplash after the accident
The first steps in whiplash treatment are important. There is often no immediate pain felt with whiplash, but in time the soreness creeps in and becomes more severe. Minor bruising, which is often underestimated, can lead to serious conditions if left untreated. A prompt evaluation of your injuries is required if you hope to recover from whiplash effectively.
Within the first 24 hours after suffering an accident you should:
- Ice affected areas: Ice reduces the pain and swelling of the injury.
- Alternate heat and ice: After the first 24 hours of injury, you should alternate a hot and cold compress on the injury to aid the healing process.
- Gentle active movement: Gentle movement is important during the recovery process. Moving the head and neck gently through the full range of motions, as long as the movement is comfortable, assist the healing process.
- Anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxants: Take these medications as prescribed by your doctor. They will help with swelling and inflammation.
After a whiplash accident, it’s important that you work with and follow all direction from your doctor and physiotherapist.
Billing and insurance
Yonge Street Physiotherapy + Wellness is a first choice option for many doctors in the area. But there are no policies that you require a referral to get assistance from us.
We accept the following insurance and payment options:
- Great West Life
- Sun Life Financial
- Green Shield
- Standard Life
- Industrial Alliance
- The Equitable Life Insurance
- Wawanesa Life
- Empire Life
- The Co-Operators
And we also accept Visa, Master Card, and Interac.