If you have been involved in a car accident, if you are experiencing pain in your neck, you may have experienced a whiplash injury. But, what exactly is a whiplash injury? Why does it happen? What are the implications? What exactly does it mean? Continue reading to find answers to these questions.
What is a Whiplash Injury? The term “whiplash” isn’t an actual medical term; it is the slang term used to describe the straining of the muscles and ligaments in the neck.
What causes Whiplash? This type of injury happens when you experience a fast and sudden force of acceleration and deceleration. In other words, your body moves forward and jerks back quickly. The result of this force causes the muscles and ligaments of the neck to be strained, leaving the patient with “whiplash”.
How does Whiplash Occur? Whiplash can occur in any instance where a person experiences that rapid force of acceleration and deceleration. For example, it could happen on an amusement ride or even while working out; however, whiplash injury is most commonly associated with car accident injuries.
What are the Symptoms of Whiplash? If you are experiencing the following symptoms, there is a good chance that you are suffering from whiplash:
- Pain and tenderness in the neck
- Pain in the shoulders
- Headaches that start occurring after an accident
- Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears
- Pain and soreness in the back
How is Whiplash Treated? If you are experiencing the above-mentioned symptoms, you should seek the care of a medical professional. After an assessment, if it is determined that you do have whiplash, your doctor will stabilize your neck with a brace. You will also be informed to keep your neck as still as possible so that it can heal. Aside from bracing and limited use, there isn’t much else that can be done to treat whiplash, but it in time, it will heal.