Whiplash Symptoms

Whiplash is an injury that can occur to a person following the sudden acceleration or deceleration, and or a combination of both. The resulting rapid and sometimes violent movements in the forwards and backwards directions by the head and neck can cause neck strain, and the sudden extreme forces, stretches and tears the muscles and tendons in your neck, which causes pain can result in a Whiplash injury. Whiplash is most commonly, and sometimes incorrectly only associated with car incidents, however it can occur without such accident as it is primarily a result of impact or blow to the head and neck that causes the trauma. Therefore such an injury can be the result of a multitude of accidents.

What are the Symptoms of a typical Whiplash injury?

  • Neck pain and stiffness.
  • Worsening of pain with decreased neck movement.
  • Loss of feeling or tingling or numbness in the arms
  • Dizziness and vertigo
  • Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull.
  • Tenderness or pain in the shoulders and the upper back, and or arms.
  • Fatigue when you feel just dog tired
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck

Some people also suffer from:

  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears, which is often known as tinnitus
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Depression
  • Irritability

Many people suffer from at least one or more of the above symptoms Happily most people who have suffered whiplash feel better within a few weeks. However, some people continue to have pain for several months or years after the injury occurred. It is very difficult to predict how an individual with a whiplash injury may recover. In most cases of a Whiplash road injury, you may be more likely to have chronic pain if your first symptoms were intense, started rapidly and included:

  • Severe neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Pain and numbness that spread to the arms

There are certain people that may have higher risk factor in a Whiplash situation if:

  • Have suffered a whiplash before
  • Older age as tissue and muscles may not be as strong as in a younger person
  • Existing low back or neck pain. Clearly that if there was an existing weakness, then in suffering a Whiplash injury may well exacerbate the situation.

Whiplash is the name that many people use to describe the pain and other symptoms, as described above, that they feel in their neck, their upper back and head following, probably a rear end car accident. But in truth, it is not strictly speaking a medical term at all.  When your doctor, physical therapist or chiropractor talks about your whiplash injury, generally, it is coded in a less dramatic medical term. Any person, who feels that they have suffered from a whiplash injury, should seek immediate and independent medical advice form a registered doctor, as a matter of urgency. Any delay in treatment could prolong the recovery time.

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