When a person experiences ongoing difficulties with headaches, a stiff neck, jaw pain and blurred vision following an accident they do not always consider whiplash as a possibility. Our clinicians can seek to provide some help following a thorough medical evaluation that may include an MRI scan. In other situations, the patient may be in no doubt that their symptoms are due to whiplash but may not recover despite a number of medical and other interventions.
In these situations our clinicians do a thorough evaluation and seek to develop a program that will help the patient in conjunction with ongoing treatment from other related professionals such as physiotherapists who have special interest in working with this condition.
We believe that a helpful set of interventions for this condition include:
- Assistance to improve posture and muscle use in the affected site. This can involve asking the patient to trial some carefully designed stretches that do not require the neck to be moved forcibly.
- A number of established pain reduction and pain coping strategies that have proven helpful with other conditions such as headaches are also used.
The patient is shown how to improve the quality of their life despite the presence of pain.