Whiplash is the name given to neck strain and injuries caused by an impact that results in your head violently and suddenly jerking back and forth. This injury most commonly occurs in car crashes where one vehicle is rear-ended, but almost any accident can result in serious harm to the neck and spine. Unlike injuries such as fractures and broken bones which can be readily apparent, whiplash deals with soft tissue injuries and is not always so obvious. In fact, not all symptoms of neck and head injuries may appear immediately, sometimes taking days or even weeks to appear. This can be especially true in car accidents where victims will suffer multiple types of injuries.
Signs that you may be suffering from whiplash can include:
- Headaches or migraines that begin towards the base of the skull and travel upwards
- Uncharacteristic tiredness or fatigue
- Unexplained bouts of dizziness or nausea
- Decreased range of motion from Stiffness or tightness around the neck and shoulder area
- Pain and tenderness in the head, neck, and shoulder areas of the body
- Memory problems and difficulty concentrating
- Numbness or a tingling sensation in the arms
If you or someone you know has been in an accident and suffered injuries to the head, neck, or spine it is vital to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Only a doctor can diagnose the specific injuries you may have suffered. Treatments can include the use of painkillers, neck-braces, and physical therapy. While many people will recover without many delays, whiplash can lead to potentially serious health risks. If left untreated, “whiplash associated disorder” can develop and in addition to physical injuries symptoms can include depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
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