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    What can I do about my chronic whiplash pain?

    I was hit from behind while turning my car into a driveway and then spun into the wall. Initially besides having a very sore neck on both the back and the (L) side I also had many nightmares about planes crashing. I tried to get help form GP's but it was all reactive treatment, and I am still suffering now.

    Most of the treatment has been drugs including antidepressants, as I complained about not sleeping well. I probably look depressed being so tired all the time. (I fall asleep very easily, but wake many times due to pain) I have also tried physio', chiro, and massage. Nothing significant was found on x-ray or ct. Subsequently I have gained about 10Kg, have difficulty exercising and am reluctant about taking on a fulltime job, because I can't trust my pain symptoms. I work 2 days part time and about 2 days casual as a Registered Nurse. This isn't so great as I can never get a proper holiday either, without suffering financially.
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    Peter Casey

    Exercise Physiologist, Exercise Scientist

    Mobile Exercise Physiologist with a special interest in musculoskeletal and neuromuscular injuries. We can utilize a number of gym or pool facilities close to patients … View Profile

    Hi,

    Car accidents can have a large impact on both physical and psychological well being. It's important both are addressed and any anxiety or Post Traumatic Stress should be managed by a Psychologist or Psychiatrist.

    When it comes to your whiplash injury, once cleared of serious injury (such as fracture etc.) by imaging rehabilitation should focus on gentle active range of movement, isometric cervical strengthening targeting deep cervical flexor muscles and also postural strength (around the shoulder blades). In terms of returning to normal work and exercise I think you should talk to your GP about a referral to an Exercise Physiologist who can work on incorporating the whiplash exercises into a functional program to build your strength and endurance. Hope this helps.

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