What is whiplash?
The dictionary defines whiplash as a neck injury caused by a sudden jerking backward, forward, or both, of the head.
What causes whiplash?
The most common causes of a whiplash injury are car accidents or contact sport.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
The Cleveland Clinic describes the following symptoms, one or more which may develop within the first few days after the accident:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
- Low back pain
- Pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand
- Ringing in the ears or blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue
How is whiplash diagnosed?
- Taking a medical history and performing physical and neurological examinations
- X-rays to rule out or diagnosis other conditions
- CT Scan
How is whiplash treated?
- Soft cervical collar
- Range of motion exercises and physical therapy
- Heat therapy to relieve muscle tension and pain
- Pain medications (analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs commonly called NSAID's)
- Muscle relaxants
- Surgical repair in severe cases
Whether or not you show immediate symptoms, you should be thoroughly examined by a medical professional.
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