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Treatment Network_6pp 9/2/07 10:41 am Page 1 Contact Us How will the treatment help me? The treatment aims to improve your overall movement. It will reduce pain and stiffness. Your practitioner will provide exercises to strengthen your muscles for support so that you can return to normal activities and work sooner. If you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to contact us on:- 0117 968 0888 How do I organise treatment? Enclosed with this leaflet are details for you to book an initial appointment with a practitioner as soon as possible. There is no cost to you as the insurers will pay your treatment fees. At the Initial Appointment, we the practitioner will ask you for details of your symptoms; examine you and then explain the diagnosis and the treatment that you require. It is important that you follow the course of treatment including advice and exercises. The Treatment Network ensures that all the professional practitioners who provide treatment are fully qualified, state registered and experienced in the treatment of soft tissue injuries. or email us at:- firstname.lastname@example.org Visit our website for further information:- www.treatmentnetwork.co.uk The Treatment Network Limited Oliver Mews House, 16b Rockleaze Road, Sneyd Park, Bristol BS9 1NF Let us care for you and your whiplash injury The Treatment Network MAKING TREATMENT WORK The Treatment Network MAKING TREATMENT WORK This content is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. The Treatment Network is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content of this leaflet. Treatment Network_6pp 9/2/07 10:41 am Page 2 Let us care for you and your whiplash injury What happens in a whiplash injury? During a rear shunt whiplash injury, the head is forcefully thrown backwards and then forwards. This can cause damage to the soft tissues of the neck, the muscles, ligaments and the joints. On rare occasions the nerves are also irritated. How should I take care of my neck immediately after the injury? Ice can be used to relieve acute pain after the injury. An ice pack (wrapped in a tea towel to protect the skin) should be placed on the injured area for 10 minutes every 3 hours. Ice helps to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Rehabilitation exercises such as these help to reduce pain and stiffness. All exercises should be done without pain or discomfort. How can I help myself recover from a whiplash injury? For a speedy recovery, try to live your life as normally as possible. Continue with daily activities, and remain as active as possible (within the limit of pain). Progress to doing more activities, gradually doing a little more each day. IMPACT ➧ How will I feel after the accident? The neck is the most commonly injured part of the body and may result in stiffness or pain in the neck and shoulders. The symptoms usually start within 24-48 hours following the accident. The acute pain usually improves within days and settles within a few weeks. People who have whiplash are very likely to recover completely. If symptoms are causing you concern, consult your GP for advice. Do not rely on painkillers alone; try the mobilising exercises as described in this leaflet and ice packs if possible. Most whiplash injuries benefit from physical treatment. Sitting. Slowly nod your head forward and then return your head to the neutral position. Repeat 5 times without pain. Should I continue to work? If possible do not take time off work. Those people who remain working tend to do better in the long term and recover more quickly. If you tire whilst at work, take regular breaks, stretch and walk around to keep your body moving. If you work at a desk, have a work station assessment to make sure it is correctly set up. Sitting. Slowly tilt your head left and right 5 times as far as you can without pain. Sitting. Turn your head left and right as far as you can 5 times without pain. Why should I have physical treatment with The Treatment Network? Physical treatment has been shown to be effective for whiplash injury. The sooner you commence treatment the more benefits you will gain. The Treatment Network MAKING TREATMENT WORK Repeat this set of exercises three times daily. If you have persisting pain, discomfort or restricted movement, physical treatment will help.
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