Whiplash is an injury from which most individuals recover well if managed appropriately.
It is usually caused by the sudden forces placed on the neck during a motor vehicle accident and can result in painful injuries to the muscles, joints and ligaments of the spine.
It is common for people to experience varying degrees of symptoms (if at all) after an accident. The current research suggests that recovery can vary from days to weeks to months, depending on the individual and their degree of injury. Reassuringly, most people will recover however a small percentage of whiplash sufferers will experience long term symptoms.
What should I do if I’ve been in an accident?
We recommend seeing your GP as soon as possible after your accident. They will oversee your management and recommend the appropriate medications and investigations that may be required.
When do I start Physio?
See your Physiotherapist as soon as you can. It is important to do the right things from the start and your Physiotherapist will be able to help with advice and treatment to ensure you receive the best course of action for your recovery.
What can I do to help my recovery?
You will be your most valuable resource when attempting to recover from whiplash. Staying positive, remaining active and continuing to work (even in a reduced capacity at first) will help get you on the road to recovery.
Will my treatment be covered by insurance?
If you need treatment following a motor vehicle accident, you may be eligible to make a claim under the QLD Compulsory Third Party Insurance Scheme. Click here for a link to the Motor Accident Insurance Commission.
How you can control your recovery from Whiplash:
- Stay Positive – your attitude has been shown to assist with recovery
- Stay active – try to do your normal activities but avoid unnecessary strain
- Focus on staying or returning to work – it’s associated with better long term outcomes than taking time off
- Look after yourself – eat well, exercise and sleep
- Talk to family and friends – it helps to discuss your feelings.
- Pace yourself – it can take time to recovery. Set reasonable goals
- Stay in touch – try to maintain a social life, and keep communicating with your doctor, physio, insurer and employer as required