What You Need to Know About Whiplash and Sports

Whiplash is a serious condition that occurs due to the sudden snap of the neck. This injury is typically associated with a car accident. While many instances of whiplash do occur in this manner, the forceful impact that accompanies certain sports, such as boxing, football or karate, may also result in the condition.

How Does Whiplash Occur?

Whiplash is colloquial term used to describe an extension-related injury that impacts the soft tissue—ligaments, tendons and muscles—of the neck. These injuries are caused by a forceful backward motion of the neck, followed by forward motion.

What Are the Symptoms?

If you have sustained a whiplash injury, symptoms will typically appear within a 24-hour period. In some instances, symptoms may develop over several days. Common signs of whiplash include stiffness, neck pain, dizziness, headaches, low back pain and difficulty concentrating. Though less common, chronic or long-term whiplash may involve additional symptoms of tinnitus, moodiness and difficulty sleeping.

How is it Treated?

If you suspect you’ve sustained a whiplash injury, you should schedule a consultation with your doctor. A formal diagnosis will determine what form of treatment will work best for your condition. This may include medication, rest, massage and physical therapy. Physical therapy can play an instrumental role in your recovery, as your doctor will provide individualized stretches and exercises to help you regain your mobility. If your condition is sports-related, physical therapy may be required to restore your athleticism.

To learn more about treating whiplash, contact our team of physical therapists today. Our staff provides an expansive range of physical therapy and audiology services including balance testing, fall prevention, audiology testing, spine evaluation, hearing loss treatments, balance treatments and more. To schedule a consultation with a doctor of physical therapy inProvo, Lehi & Orem, we encourage you to call our staff at 801.373.7438.