After two weeks of physical therapy for whiplash, the body will begin to heal. You'll continue to use many of the treatments mentioned above. However, this is also a good time for you to start returning to your normal daily activities. The height of muscle stiffness tends to occur about a week after the accident and the healing and recovery process really begins.
Whiplash injuries to the neck muscles can take about a month to heal, while soft tissue whiplash injuries can take even longer. The physical therapist will develop a treatment plan and establish a time frame that works best with your specific injuries and helps you recover. Once you start your physical therapy program at FYZICAL Binghamton, your recovery rate helps determine how long you will be in physical therapy. Although recovery time is different for each person, as a guideline, many patients with whiplash only need to attend therapy sessions for two to four weeks.
Patients with delayed recovery may need more time in rehabilitation. Once your diagnostic exam is complete, physical therapists at FYZICAL Binghamton have treatment options that will help speed your recovery, so you can return more quickly to your active lifestyle. The physical therapist will also monitor your ability to return to a healthy range of motion in your neck, no more pain symptoms and no more muscle stiffness when performing daily activities. Your doctor or physical therapist may also recommend a soft collar for the first few days after the accident to help support your neck and reduce pain.
Your therapist will work with you to set specific goals for your treatment plan to get you back to doing the things you want to do. Physical therapists at Union Physical Therapy's Whiplash Injury Treatment Center are trained to evaluate your injury. Then, your physical therapist will ask you questions to know when you started having problems, what causes your symptoms to improve or worsen, and how the symptoms affect your daily activity. The physical therapist will start with gentle exercises to keep the range of motion loose and prevent muscle spasms in the neck and back.