We see many patients who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents. We treat patients who have suffered whiplash, Back, Knee, Hip and other injuries. We provide rehabilitation following fractures, major and minor trauma. Clinical Exercise Physiologists are involved in all phases of rehabilitation, from the acute stage through to recovery.
During the acute stage, gentle stretching exercises will be provided to prevent stiffness and loss of range of motion. This will be followed by strengthening exercises to prevent muscular imbalances developing due to the pain guarding being experienced. As in all forms of therapy, treatment is tailored to the patients individual needs.
If you have a Third Party Insurance claim, you will not be charged at all. The insurance company will cover your expenses. If you are seeing up privately, all of our sessions can be rebated by your private health fund depending on your cover. Most funds will provide from 20% to 100% rebate that you can claim on the spot with our HICAPS machine.
A common motor vehicle injury is whiplash. After suffering a whiplash injury, the trauma caused to the soft tissues causes pain which can lead to a decrease in the range of movement of the neck and upper back and there may also be pain inhibited weakness in the surrounding muscles. Over time this weakness will lead to compensatory movement patterns that begin to compound the effects of the injury which leads to secondary injuries. These problems can take quite a while to resolve and will gradually worsen without intervention.
In the early stages we are working to restore normal movement and neuromuscular control. Initially we prescribe exercises (mobility and strengthening) to prevent stiffness and loss of range of motion. These will be followed by progressive strengthening exercises of the deep stabilizing musculature within the neck, the shoulders and the upper back, eventually regaining correct muscle balance and control.
People who have suffered a whiplash injury need to be aware of a few things. Firstly, the injury is complex and takes time to recover. Research shows that many people are still suffering some symptoms at 6 and even 12 months after injury, but good early management helps to minimize ongoing problems. So it is imperative that you get in touch with us quickly.
It is important to keep mobile and continue to do as much of your normal activity as is practical. If you are in doubt, we can guide you on what you should be doing. We can also help you recover from many other injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents such as lower back pain, sprained joints and various muscular injuries. Contact us to see how you can benefit from Exercise Physiology today!