Head / Neck


What is a whiplash injury?

A whiplash injury is caused when there is a rapid acceleration-deceleration force that causes an unrestrained, sudden movement of the head forwards or backwards. Whiplash can potentially result in injuries to the bones or soft tissues of the neck. Most often, whiplash injuries are sustained in motor vehicle accidents, but can also occur in sports, falls, and other situations. Although these injuries tend to be non-life threatening, they can be associated with prolonged periods of pain and disability. It is important to seek proper medical management after a whiplash.

Common Symptoms

  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Decreased range of motion of the neck

Red Flags

Due to the traumatic nature of a whiplash injury, there is a risk of more urgent medical problems associated with the event. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, be sure to mention it to your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

  • Dizziness
  • Sudden drop attacks/fainting
  • Double vision
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Nystagmus of the eyes
  • Nausea
  • Numbness/tingling

Treatment Strategies

Once a clinician has cleared a patient for any serious underlying medical issues, the most important recovery strategies is to continue moving the neck and participating in aspects of daily life. Despite discomfort, continuing to follow your daily regiments and routines is one of the most effective ways to facilitate recovery.

In order manage pain control and continue to improve function, book a physiotherapy, chiropractic, or massage therapy appointment with one of our skilled clinicians. A detailed initial assessment will address your health history and the details of the incident. If the injury was sustained during a motor vehicle accident, a detailed report and treatment plan will be communicated to your insurance company and to any other healthcare professionals involved in your care.

Some of the treatment techniques that may be beneficial include: