Whiplash is an injury to the neck, most commonly occurring after a motor accident. This can cause severe discomfort if it is not treated correctly and promptly.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a commonly used term used to describe an injury to the neck suffered from a “whipping” motion of the vertebrae. It is a sudden jerking motion of the neck that strains the ligaments and muscles beyond what they are capable of enduring. This can cause damage to these tissues, resulting in pain for the patient.
Any sudden impact that causes the body to move suddenly while the head remains stationary can potentially be a case of whiplash. Whiplash can occur from all accidents, but most commonly, it happens after the car you are either driving or traveling in is hit from behind.
How long has whiplash been considered an injury?
Whiplash was coined as an injury only recently as severe neck and chest pain were not formally identified for a long time. Insurance companies were very skeptical about paying out claims related to ‘neck pain’, prompting medical researchers to coin this term and identified it as a real injury that commonly results from car accidents.
What are some of the common symptoms of whiplash?
Now identified by doctors as a condition, a list of common symptoms have been found present with this injury:
Chronic pain – this long lasting pain can cause real discomfort, especially when trying to move the neck.
Disc herniation – the sudden force of the spine may cause injury in the intervertebral discs. Damage to the discs can include small tears in the disc or a bulging of the disc, which may result in the compression of one or more nerves in addition to severe pain and discomfort.
Bruising of the neck and shoulders – can occur where the seatbelt has stuck into the chest and lower neck, serving as a testament to the force experienced by the patient during the sudden impact of the car stopping or being hit.
Joint dysfunction – a side effect from the shock absorption. This can result in the joints losing some or all of their normal resilience and becoming loose. Slippage of the joints may occur and may potentially pinch one or more nerves within the neck. This can lead to stiffness of the neck and a numbing or tingling sensation within the neck and arms.
What treatment can help ease the pain of whiplash?
Because each case of whiplash is different, it is necessary to consult a General Practitioner to get a proper diagnosis and the correct treatment. A chiropractor will be able to localize the symptoms, diagnose the patient, and work out what treatment may provide relief. Some of the most commonly used treatment options are physiotherapy, special exercises, massage, manipulation, and muscle relaxation and stimulation techniques.
If a patient believes they may be suffering from whiplash, seeking appropriate medical attention and a method of treatment in a timely manner is crucial to proper healing.
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