Neck Pain & Headaches
Whiplash is characterized by neck strain caused after a jerk or sudden movement forward or backward, causing the neck to extend beyond its typical range of motion. The unexpected force often causes the muscles and tendons in the neck to stretch and tear.
Physical therapy for neck pain or injuries typically consists of the following goals:
- Improve head & neck range of motion
- Reduce stiffness & pain
- Develop dynamic strengthening of the neck and the supporting musculature
- Develop strategies to prevent pain or stiffness from recurring
Though neck pain cannot always be completely eliminated, physical therapy may play a part in improving the function of daily movements and improving overall neck and spine posture.