Neck Pain and Whiplash Physiotherapy Edmonton


Does your neck look stiff? Try physiotherapy regimen to recover from your neck pain or whiplash.

The neck is multifactorial in nature and an essential part of the human body as it connects the head to the upper extremities, such as the arm and leg. This is why whiplash could be very restricting. According to research published by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA),

It was discovered that about one-third of the entire population in Canada would experience neck pain annually. As a result, it is of great importance that treatment is administered to get rid of the whiplash or neck pain once noticed in order not hinder your daily activities or affect your comfort. Through the physiotherapy regimen at In Step Physical Therapy, you can get rid of this condition in no time.  

Whether you live in Edmonton or nearby communities, we can help you recover from your whiplash with the help of well-trained and licensed physiotherapists, who will create a suitable treatment plan to address your whiplash and provide neck pain relief. If you are suffering from either whiplash or neck, contact In Step Physical Therapy to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists. They will be eager to assist you in subduing pains and improving your recovery process. 

What exactly is whiplash?

Whiplash is commonly known as neck strain or neck sprain. The two terms are mostly used interchangeably. Medically, whiplash is known as “cervical acceleration-deceleration syndrome (CAD). It is a kind of neck injury that occurs when a person’s head moves backward and forward suddenly. This injury may happen when there is an impact or rear-ends collision in an accident. We give physiotherapy exercises, what not to do exercises, and everything you need to know when you get in touch with us through clinic or Tele-Rehabilitation.

Whiplash also occurs when the ligament and muscles of your neck extend beyond the normal range of the neck’s motion. When a patient suffers from this condition, symptoms related to whiplash might not appear easily. However, a person can also develop whiplash from sports injuries and even physical abuse. It is crucial for you to take note of any physical changes in your body a few days after an injury event or crash.

Whiplash is a mild condition, but it can cause long-term complications and chronic neck pain if not properly attended to. To get the best physiotherapy regimen to aid your condition in Edmonton, contact us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. 

How can I know if I am suffering from Neck pain/whiplash?

There are a lot of symptoms associated with whiplash, and they could be very agonizing in some cases. The most common signs of whiplash include:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Low back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Pain in your arm or hand
  • Neck stiffness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Irritability
  • Sleeplessness
  • Memory problem
  • Tiredness

This and many more could be the symptoms of whiplash. However, most of these symptoms are related to other medical conditions. That is why it is advisable to always see a physiotherapist for a complete assessment. 

At In Step Physical Therapy, our physiotherapists are ever ready to carry out a proper diagnosis to identify the exact cause of your condition before preparing a unique treatment plan. Whichever pain you are experiencing today, contact or visit us at our clinic in Edmonton today! 

Our approach to providing relief for neck pain/ whiplash

When you visit us for the first time at In Step Physical Therapy, a specialist will first be assigned to you. They will conduct complete medical history tests and physical assessments on you to know what is wrong with you.

These tests and examinations may include:

  • X-ray 

Since most whiplash injuries cannot be seen with naked eyes, electromagnetic energy beams are used to produce images of bones, organs, and internal tissues onto film.

  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)

Instruments such as a computer and a large magnet are used to make detailed images of soft tissue structures and organs in the body.

  • CT (Computed tomography) scan

Since computer technologies and X-rays make slices (axial and horizontal images) of your body, a computed tomography scan is often recommended for diagnosis as it shows images of any part of your body, including organs and bones.

What does a physiotherapist do for neck pain?

After completing your assessment, your physiotherapist will design a personalized treatment. Important factors such as medical conditions, health limitations, and other activities will be taken into consideration before deciding on a suitable plan to help achieve better health. 

Our goal is to ensure your pain decreases significantly; therefore, in the early weeks of treatment, your physiotherapist will focus on relieving pain and eradicating underlying conditions that could be a threat to your health or might hinder your recovery process. Other therapeutic modalities such as cupping, soft tissue release, and acupuncture will be included during your sessions 

As treatment progress and your physiotherapist will watch out for some significant improvement in your condition before they will then focus fully on enhancing your recovery function by elaborating your treatment plan to include gradual re-exposure to activities, strengthening of muscles within the neck, head, and upper back, and also improving the posture of your neck. 

After recovering, we will educate you on some prevention tips to adopt at home or work. This will assist in minimizing the possibility of having neck pain sooner or later. We believe that educating patients on self-techniques will help mitigate other related body conditions. These techniques may include ergonomic recommendations, exercises, physical baseline tests, stretches, and different essential movement strategies to improve your comfort and health in general. 

How do we treat whiplash at In Step Physical Therapy?

Initially, health care providers would always recommend using a cervical collar for a whiplash injury. This recommendation is to prevent the neck from moving. However, extensive medical research has proven that other treatments can be carried out to relieve you of your whiplash injury.

Our Physiotherapy approach has been highly effective in handling whiplash conditions. When a whiplash victim comes to In Step Physical Therapy, we carry out necessary assessments to know the severity of their problem before creating a treatment plan. This plan will also focus on aiding your recovery from whiplash as well as improving your physical capabilities. Some of our treatments include;

  • Ice or heat
  • Support devices
  • Proprioceptive Exercise
  • Manipulation  
  • Soft tissue treatment 
  • Postural realignment

If you feel pain around your neck, do not hesitate to contact In Step Physical Therapy immediately. Our physiotherapist will use effective and suitable therapy care to ease your pain and improve your condition.

Conditions that may require the need of a whiplash specialist

You should see a physiotherapist if your neck pain persists and shows the following symptoms;

  • Serious neck pain.
  • Weakness in your hand or leg.
  • Constant pain in the neck that comes and goes regularly.
  • Numbness in your legs, arm, and shoulders
  • Have issues with your bladder.

Common conditions that may occur if neck pain/ whiplash is left untreated.

Just like every other injury, certain complications and conditions may arise when neck pain/ whiplash is not treated. They include:

  • Headaches

Headaches are very common when people develop neck injuries. This is because neck pain puts excessive strain on the brain. You might experience constant headaches days or weeks after neck injury is sustained. If this persists, physical therapy can be used to provide a solution

  • Vertigo

This is a medical condition where a person may feel like they are spinning or falling. Vertigo can cause dizziness or pain due to this weird feeling. Research has shown that 25% to 50% of people with whiplash experience vertigo.

  • Spinal misalignment 

The bones in the human body are arranged in such a way that when you sustain any injury in the neck, the topmost vertebrae in your neck move out of their proper position. This causes a reduction in motion, thereby causing damage to other vertebrae.

  • Degenerative disc disease (DCD)

This serious medical condition leads to numbness, weakness, and pain. It occurs in the spinal column vertebrae. The pain that accompanies whiplash is so severe that someone suffering from whiplash might not want anyone to touch their neck.

  • Loss of mobility

Firstly, whiplash may lead to a degeneration in the range of motion in the neck. This may happen as a result of inflammation in the muscles. However, with prescribed exercises from physiotherapists and adjustments by movement specialists at In Step Physical Therapy, the inflammation in the muscle will come back to normal. You can also use this PDF of Neck exercises to get a good knowledge.

  •  Chronic pain

Whiplash can lead to severe pain if it is not attended to. Such pain may persist for days, weeks, months, or even years. You can take a step to eliminate this pain by visiting a physical therapy specialist in downtown Edmonton.

Are you suffering from neck pain or whiplash? Physical therapy regimen can help you achieve the relief you need.

Physiotherapy have proven to be the best ways to manage and relieve pain as they do not require medicines or invasive surgery to care for patients. Instead, they require safe, gentle, natural, and non-invasive methods to treat their patients.

In Step Physical Therapy in Edmonton has the best physiotherapists that would handle your whiplash with so much care and effectively manage your pain. 

Contact us to book an appointment, make further inquiries, or visit us here in downtown Edmonton today!!!