Whiplash – “What Can I Do to Help Myself?”


Whiplash or whiplash associated disorders (WAD) is a commonly used term for an acceleration-deceleration force applied to the neck often occurring in car crashes but may arise from a slip and fall, a diving accident, or other traumatic injury. The net result is an injury to muscles, ligaments, joints, and/or nerves in the cervical spine or neck region and possibly a concussion.


This month’s article is intended to spotlight self-help strategies that YOU can do to help manage this afflicting condition. We HIGHLY recommend downloading “Whiplash Injury Recovery: A self-management guide” as it covers very important information in the 24 page PDF: (go to: http://bit.ly/WHIPLASHGUIDE ). It is authored by Professor Gwendolen Jull, the director of The Cervical Spine and Whiplash Research Unit, Division of Physiotherapy, at The University of Queensland. In her “message from the author,” she writes the following:


“This booklet aims to assist persons who have had a whiplash injury on the road to recovery. It provides information about whiplash-associated disorders, an explanation of whiplash, and exercise program which has been proven to assist in reducing neck pain and advice on how to manage your neck to prevent unnecessary strain and to assist recovery. The booklet is a self-help resource to aid recovery and to supplement any care being provided by a health care practitioner.”


In the table of contents, you will see whiplash defined, recovery information, and “helping yourself” topics followed by posture correction, proper sitting positions, lifting, carrying, and work instructions, as well as how to go about household activities. This 24-page guide concludes with exercise instructions followed by formal exercises, how often you should do them, and things to remember.


Here are some highlights:


Please take the time to download the PDF.

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