What is a Whiplash?


Whiplash is a word used to refer to an injury to the neck that happens due to a motor vehicle or car accident. The common type of car accident is the rear impact, and most commonly, the occupant in the car that gets hit from behind is at the highest risk of injury, including whiplash.

Whiplash Symptoms

pain surrounding the back of the neck and shoulders

Neck inflammation

Muscle cramps at the back region of the neck, front of the neck, or back of the shoulders

Find it difficult to flex, extend, or rotate the head

Headache, difficulty paying attention, having troubles sleeping, and/or exhaustion

Having difficulties with the chewing of food

Extreme conditions of a whiplash could may lead to poor sight

Related Whiplash Symptoms/Conditions

Whiplash injuries at times can be quite complicated and could consist of a variety of related situations, such as:

Joint disorder Leads to whiplash, 1 of the joints in the spine or limbs could lose its general resiliency and shock absorption (referred to as the joint play), possibly leading to restricted range of movement and pain.

Disc herniation. A whiplash condition that could affect the discs between the vertebrae, small tears and lead to the inner core of the disc to extrude through its outer core. If the disc's inner core with and irritates a nearby spinal nerve root, a herniated disc occurs, with symptoms possibly including sharp, shooting pain down the arm and even neurological symptoms like numbness, tingling and muscle weakness.

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