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What does it mean to have a Whiplash Injury?

by | May 15, 2019 | Personal Safety

One of the most common injuries you may suffer in a car accident is whiplash.  Whiplash occurs when your head and neck jerk forward and backwards due to the impact of a crash.  Damage to your neck’s nerves and soft tissue can result.

Symptoms of Whiplash:

  • Severe neck pain
  • Pain in your upper back or shoulders
  • Stiffness in your neck
  • Decrease in the range of motion of your head and neck
  • Headaches
  • Numbness or weakness in your shoulders or arms

Doctors may find it difficult to diagnose a whiplash injury because it is a soft tissue injury. It may initially be diagnosed as a sprain or strain.   Soft tissue injuries can be hard to pin point.  The doctor may order a CT scan or MRI to properly diagnose your injury.

Often a cervical collar will be used to stabilize the area and prevent you from further injuring your neck.  Over the counter medications may be used for pain, but if the pain is severe, you may be given prescription medications.

The important point is that you should seek medical attention immediately after a vehicle accident.  You may feel fine during the initial after shock, but once your adrenaline stops pumping, aches and pains may become more obvious.  Seeking medical attention right after an accident ensures that you get treated as quickly as possible and focus on your physical recovery.   Complications may arise from neck injuries that occurred during a car accident.  Whiplash injuries may cause chronic back problems or headaches.

Chronic next injuries can lead to a myriad of issues:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Chronic headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Inner ear problems
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Infections
  • Jaw pain

The sooner you are diagnosed, the sooner you can heal.

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