How is Whiplash assessed by a Physiotherapist?
A physiotherapist will perform a thorough assessment to diagnose and treat your whiplash injury. During the assessment, the physiotherapist will gather information about your medical history, symptoms, and any previous injuries you may have had. They will also ask you about the event that caused your whiplash, and other relevant factors that may be causing or aggravating your injury.
The physiotherapist will then perform a physical examination, which will include a number of tests to evaluate the range of motion, strength, and flexibility of your neck, as well as any other relevant parts of your body, such as your shoulders, arms, and upper back. The physiotherapist will also assess the quality of your posture, muscle tone and muscle imbalances, and will examine your spine, and the joints of your neck to identify any pain or limitations, this will help to determine the cause of your injury.
The physiotherapist may also use special tests, such as the Neck Disability Index, or the Numeric Pain Rating Scale, to evaluate the severity of your injury and monitor your progress over time.
Once the assessment is completed, the physiotherapist will use the information gathered to make an accurate diagnosis of your condition and develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. The treatment plan may include a combination of techniques such as manual therapy, exercise therapy, education and self-management, ultrasound, and electrotherapy.
It’s important to understand that physiotherapy treatment should be specific to the individual patient. Your physiotherapist will adjust the treatment as they see your progress, to ensure that you are receiving the most appropriate care for your whiplash injury.