Motor Vehicle Injury Treatment

Whiplash is a common result of motor vehicle accidents and can cause symptoms of neck pain, headaches, tempomandibular dysfunction, dizziness, aching in the arms and lightheadedness. These symptoms can be debilitating in your daily life. Symptoms may appear immediately after the accident or have a delayed onset of hours or days. The nature of the injury and the severity of symptoms vary between people. Following injury, it is important to get an assessment as soon as possible for treatment advice, as rehabilitation, education and reassurance are vital to recovery. Early education on what to do after a whiplash injury that is based on proven evidence will support a faster return to function. Research done by Gwendolen Jull, Director of the Cervical Spine and Whiplash Research Unit at Queensland University (Australia) has shown that it is better to try to keep doing normal daily activities as much as possible to support recovery. In the early stages you may need to adapt some activities and not stress your neck to painful levels. Also, be aware of your posture and take regular breaks to ensure good alignment and decrease strain on your neck.