Sayer Clinics – London’s leading Whiplash Specialist treatment clinics in London W8, West End W1 and Moorgate City EC2
‘Whiplash’ describes the rapid forceful movements of the neck backwards and forwards - flexion and hyper-extension – which occur most commonly in road traffic accidents or with a sports injury or fall.
What happens to the body with a whiplash injury?
The massive forces unleashed in whiplash injuries in the neck and through the entire spine cause inflammation, misalignments and hypermobility of any spinal joints from the top of your neck to your coccyx tailbone with possible bone displacements, fractures or damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, trapped nerves, slipped disc-bulges or disc prolapse and sciatica.
How do I know if have whiplash?
The most common symptoms of whiplash are:
- Neck pain Shoulder pain and Arm pain which can start or worsen and become acute after several days
- Referred nerve pains in the arms, legs, feet or hands
- Neck strain and Headache
- Low back pain and stiffness
- Sharp burning pain and spasm between the shoulder blades
- Blurred vision, dizziness, headaches.
- Difficulty swallowing
- Irritability, sensitivity to light, noise, temperature and stress
- Fatigue, exhaustion, tiredness
- Dizzy, vertigo, loss of balance and physical confidence.
- Nausea, vomiting.
- Ringing in the ears - tinnitus
- Vertigo - Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo BPPV
- Numbness and tingling anywhere in the head, face or body.
- Pain in the neck, jaw or face
What should I do if I have had a whiplash?
You can book online to see Chris Berlingieri at Sayer Clinic: W1 or Kensington W8 where we take computed standing low-dose digital x-rays of the cervical spine as well as performing neurological and orthopaedic tests to thoroughly diagnose the extent of whiplash injury.
Alternately, you can book to see Leta Skalwold at Sayer Clinic EC2 who will examine you and refer you to Sayer Clinic Kensington for specialist X-rays before he starts treatment.
If you prefer to see our specialist physical therapists book online to see Sofia, Marta or Karolina at EC2, W8 or W1.
It is essential to thoroughly examine and assess injuries as soon as possible. Once diagnosis is made, timely muscle massage, acupuncture, ultrasound or laser and a careful and graduated exercise programme in the long-term helps to relieve pain and prevent hypermobility and damage to the injured areas.
We refer for MRI or CT scan without delay, if indicated.
Optimal whiplash pain treatment:
- Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Therapeutic Massage and Physical Therapy is gentle safe and effective.
- Chiropractic or Osteopathy treatment – specific, gentle spinal mobilisation to normalise spinal joint function
- Physical Therapy / Physiotherapy modalities – laser, ultrasound, electrotherapy, massage, exercise and rehabilitation
- Acupuncture to help relieve chronic neck and shoulder pain and spasm.
- Postural training and advice on correct ergonomic seating and computer screen height and position.
- Medical treatment of mild muscle pain includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help short term pain but impair proper healing of traumatised tissues.
Facts About Whiplash
Car headrests which are too low or more than 5 cms from the head, significantly increases the risk of more serious whiplash injury.
If your car seat is reclined too far back with slumped posture when driving this tends to also increase the severity of injury. With age, ligaments become less pliable, muscles become weaker and less flexible and range of motion decreases. Shorter people and children can be injured more seriously if they are closer to the steering wheel and airbag or have an improperly fitted seatbelt. Pre-existing arthritis can also affect the severity of injury.
Onset of symptoms is often delayed and can still cause symptoms after more than five years with secondary problems such as osteoarthritis and premature disc degeneration.
Most good insurance companies cover our diagnosis and effective chiropractic and physical therapy care at Sayer Clinics following road traffic accidents.
Sayer Clinics Approach To Whiplash
Our careful chiropractic, osteopathic and physical therapy approach to whiplash injuries is to use specific, gentle adjustments to help restore spinal function, followed by a specific hands-on, soft-tissue rehabilitation and exercise programme to aid your full recovery.
Sayer Clinics have developed a Whiplash Rehabilitation Course, using the most up-to-date research to improve the quality of life for chronic whiplash patients. The course incorporates a range of treatment techniques and exercises for postural correction, muscle strengthening and neurological rehabilitation and our aim is to recondition the musculature and neurological system of the neck. Current research finds that manual therapy and exercise which focusses on regaining function is more effective than other treatments, especially when started as soon as possible after injury.
The 'wait and see' and 'analgesic cover-up' are not the positive ways forward to fully rehabilitate chronic whiplash neck and spinal pain. Book online with Sayer Clinics.
Chris Berlingieri - Doctor of Chiropractic
Sayer Clinics senior whiplash xray and whiplash treatment specialist practices at Sayer Clinics: Kensington W8 and Welbeck Street W1.
Chris is hugely experienced in computed digital x-ray analysis, diagnosis and functional rehabilitation of the joints of the cervical, thoraco-dorsal spine and shoulders and surrounding muscles following whiplash pain and injury.
Our highly qualified health practitioners do not treat using drugs or surgery. We diagnose using neurological and orthopaedic tests, postural and physical spinal examination and digital radiology and treat patients with extremely safe and effective manipulation, physical therapy modalities and postural rehabilitation.
Chris originally practiced in New York and has successfully given specialist whiplash treatment to a huge number of whiplash injury patients since 1994.
Chris Berlingieri liaises directly with your lawyer or solicitor in whiplash injury claim cases and writes medico-legal reports whilst you receive your specialist treatment for whiplash at our clinics in 11 Welbeck Street, Central W1 and Kensington, West London W8.
If you need any further information, please contact us. We are always here and more than happy to help.
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