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Physical therapy for whiplash

Four reasons you need physical therapy for whiplash treatment

Whiplash describes the rapid forward-and-back movement that can happen to your neck as the result of a high-impact collision, such as an automobile accident or a tackle in contact sports. Even if you aren’t experiencing pain right away, whiplash can cause symptoms to develop on a delayed basis, so it’s extremely important to seek prompt medical attention. In nearly any case of whiplash, physical therapy should be a key part of your recovery process and provides a number of important benefits. 

To help you have a better understanding of how it can help, we’re happy to share the following guide. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about treatment options for whiplash, please feel free to contact a member of our team. 

Why you need physical therapy for whiplash treatment 

Here are the major reasons you need to attend physical therapy for whiplash treatment: 

  1. It promotes the healing process — Working with a physical therapist can help you ensure that you have a safe and speedy healing process for your neck injury. Manual therapy can help decrease pain while also loosening up damaged tissue and increasing blood flow to your injury. 
  2. It helps you develop a stronger neck — Neck injuries like whiplash can be associated with muscle atrophy. By using therapeutic exercises, your physical therapist can help to increase the strength of your neck muscles, helping to promote long-term neck health. 
  3. It increases range of motion — Physical therapy for whiplash treatment helps you deal with the stiffness and immobility that are so often the result of this type of injury with guided stretches and hands-on techniques. 
  4. It helps prevent long-term reinjury — Without proper treatment, whiplash can become an ongoing problem for many patients, leading to chronic neck pain. Under the guidance of a physical therapist, you can build a stronger and more flexible neck that is less prone to the aftereffects of whiplash. 

Physical therapy for whiplash treatment with our experts

At SOL Physical Therapy, our caring and dedicated therapists have been helping patients overcome whiplash and other neck injuries for years. We believe in compassionate, individualized care that is customized to each person’s unique needs. 

To learn more, contact us today. We’ll be happy to help you schedule your initial appointment. 

About the author

Sports + Orthopedic Leaders Physical Therapy & Performance Training serves the communities of Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Orinda, San Francisco and beyond. SOLPT’s award winning team of Physical Therapists, Performance Coaches and movement experts has helped thousands reach their rehabilitation and performance goals to move beyond pain. We're committed to helping anyone of any fitness level move effectively and more powerfully for a lifetime. We offer rehabilitation and performance services to all populations, with specialties in Sports Rehabilitation, Active Release Techniques, and Manual Therapy Techniques plus Personal and Small Group Training, Sport Clinics and Wellness Services.