The pain from a whiplash doesn’t have to happen immediately after the trauma. The body can compensate for the injuries in the short term and it is not until weeks or even months later that the pain develops.

Whiplash is a hyper-flexion or hyper extension injury (acceleration/ deceleration injuries) that can lead to changes to normal neck movement. Research shows that after a Road Traffic Accident (RTA) involving a rear end shunt, that the neck curve can change to an abnormal S-shape which significantly alters normal neck movement.

These types of injuries do not always need to be a result of a RTA and can sometimes result from a slip or fall. It can even result from repetitive movement of constantly flexing or extending your neck.

Normally, the joints at the back of your neck glide over each other and are self-lubricated, but a whiplash injury forces these joints together, which can then damage the surrounding structures.

There are receptors in your ligaments that are called proprioceptors. These receptors tell your body information regarding the position of your joints. In a Whiplash injury these can become injured and this can result in many symptoms that include:

  • Dizziness
  • Light headedness
  • Neck Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Arm Pain
  • Poor concentration

We may advise you to use ice on your neck after such an injury. As well as manipulative treatment we will use exercises and stretches that will help improve your hand/eye co-ordination to retrain those receptors that have been injured and to improve your neck strength.