Whiplash is a condition that happens to your neck as the result of a high-impact collision, such as a car accident, a tackle in contact sports, or even a bad fall. Some people think that whiplash is not a serious injury and does not need to be treated by a medical professional, thinking the pain will get better on its own. Many people who do not seek help right away will experience more pain and problems as time goes on. If you have been in an accident or experienced a trauma that could result in whiplash, it’s extremely important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. In nearly any case of whiplash, physical therapy should be a key part of your recovery process.
Physical therapists are trained to use hands-on techniques that can relieve pain and restore function. Professional PT’s physical therapists are experts in assessing pain caused by whiplash and providing treatments such as heat or ice therapy, exercise rehabilitation programs, and more. Our goal is to put you on the path to relief so you can get back to living your life to the fullest, free of whiplash pain and discomfort. Don’t let mild pain become a major complication.
What is Whiplash and Common Causes?
Whiplash is a common type of injury to the neck that occurs when your head and neck are suddenly and sharply forced back and forth. This whip-like motion can cause neck muscle strains and ligament sprains as well as damage to your back joints, ligaments, and muscles. A whiplash injury puts your cervical spine under extreme stress.
Severe cases of whiplash can include fractures of the cervical vertebrae and nerve damage. Additionally, leaving your whiplash symptoms unattended can cause long-term issues. Though the most common cause of whiplash is car accidents, whiplash can be caused through any number of direct contact sports injuries or a fall involving your head or neck.
Do you have neck pain from whiplash?
Our physical therapists will customize a rehabilitation plan for pain caused by whiplash. We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness before, during and after therapy.
Request an Appointment
Insurances We Accept
Below is a condensed list of insurances we participate with throughout our network of physical therapy clinics. Find your particular provider below based on your area. For a complete listing of all insurance providers and individual plans by name: CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL INSURANCE PAGE.
Amerihealth Caritas (effective date 4/27/2020 - NH)
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (NH)
BCBS Massachusetts (MA)
Commonwealth Care Alliance (MA)
Fallon Health (MA)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (MA, NH)
Health New England (MA)
Magna Care (MA, NH)
Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
Martin’s Point Health Care (NH)
Mass General Brigham Health (formerly AllWays Health Partners)
Massachusetts Health (Medicaid – MA)
Medicaid (MA, NH)
Medicare (MA, NH)
Med Risk (Workers' Compensation – MA)
No Fault (Various Carriers)
One Call (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
SPNET (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
Streamline (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
TRICARE (MA, NH)
Tufts Health Plan (MA, NH)
Tufts Medicare Advantage (MA)
Tufts Public (Medicaid – MA)
United Health Care (Optum – MA, NH)
WellSense Health (Formerly BMC – Boston Medical Center – MA)
Workers’ Compensation (Various Carriers)
Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash symptoms can develop on a delayed basis if you are in a high-impact collision. It may take a day or more for patients to experience the onset of pain and discomfort from whiplash. Symptoms can include headaches, blurred vision, and dizziness along with a stiffness and pain in the neck. In addition to stiffness and pain in the neck, common signs of whiplash include:
Shoulder/upper back pain
Reduced range of motion of the neck
Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
What Can I Expect from Physical Therapy for Whiplash?
Your PT will discuss your concerns with you and examine the physical limitations and discomfort caused by your whiplash pain. Your physical therapist’s focus is to help you get moving again and manage your symptoms at the same time. You can rest assured that Professional’s PTs will educate you on your diagnosis and work with you to develop goals and ongoing wellness strategies to rid you of your symptoms as much and as soon as possible. The sooner you get physical therapy after an accident resulting in whiplash, the more likely you are to have a successful, pain-free outcome.
Throughout your physical therapy appointments, your therapist will:
Assess your source of discomfort and pain
Discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan
Recommend ways to make daily activities more bearable as you heal
Teach you exercises to help relieve symptoms
Offer guidance and support to prevent further damage
Physical Therapy Treatments For Whiplash
The exact treatments will depend on the root cause of your whiplash diagnosis. Manual therapy and therapeutic exercises may be utilized. These pump oxygen, blood, and nutrients to the injury site and enhance healing. Other healing techniques our physical therapists may use to relieve your discomfort are:
Professional’s physical therapists can identify and treat whiplash and are dedicated to getting you back to doing the things you love and doing everything possible to safeguard you from worsening whiplash and neck pain symptoms or other injuries that your whiplash may cause. The purpose of physical therapy for whiplash is to both manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Identifying whiplash as the source of your discomfort is the first step to treating your symptoms and we are ready to support you every step of the way. At Professional, your PT will prescribe personalized therapy treatments intended to improve range of motion, relieve discomfort, and help the body heal.
We provide treatments for whiplash from our physical therapy clinics throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Fill out the form above, or contact a clinic near you to speak with a Professional Physical Therapist and whiplash pain relief specialist today.
Professional PT will deliver relevant and timely information on the benefits and impact of Physical Therapy, right to your inbox. Subscribe today to stay informed on all things from Professional Physical Therapy!