Whiplash Causes, Symptoms And Treatments
Whiplash is defined as a sudden, moderate to severe strain affecting the bones, discs, muscles, nerves or tendons of the neck. The neck is composed of seven small bones known as the cervical spine which perform the following functions:
- Supports the head
- Help maintain an unobstructed enclosure for the spinal cord
- Affect posture and balance.
There are roughly 1,000,000 whiplash injuries that occur in the United States every year, which the majority are the result of motor vehicle accidents. When an unexpected force jolts the head back, then forward the bones of the neck snap out of position and can interfere with blood flow and transmission of nerve impulses. These pinched nerves can damage or destroy the function of the body parts they govern.
Whiplash symptoms develop within 24 hours of the injury and may include:
- Pain or stiffness in the neck, jaw, shoulders or arms
- Headaches, typically at the base of the skull
- Blurred vision
- Additionally, some people have also experienced:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Ringing in the ears
- Sleeps disturbance’s
Treatments And Medication
- Over-the-counter pain medications
- Prescription painkillers
- Muscle relaxants
Physical therapy includes:
- Ice or heat to the affected area
- Manual therapies
- Chiropractic care or massage
Most vehicle crashes occur at crash speeds below 12 mph, and at these low speeds most vehicles can escape the crash without damage. However, just because the injury was minor to your vehicle does not mean that it was minor to you. If you believe that you were injured in an auto accident, and are currently suffering from a Whiplash injuries please contact us.