Whiplash Explained and the Symptoms After You Experience a Car Accident
Whiplash is the common term for “cervical acceleration-deceleration injury.” This refers to damage done to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, nerves, and vertebrae of the neck as the result of sudden hyperextension and hyperflexion of the neck.
Whiplash is a very common condition and it is often associated with car accidents. However, whiplash can be caused by a variety of different activities such as contact sports, amusement park rides, or even head-banging to music! Here are some common symptoms associated with whiplash:
- Loss or reduction in ability to move the neck
- Neck stiffness and pain
- Pain in the arms and hands
- Muscle spasm
- Blurred or altered vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Sleep disturbances
- Numbness / pins and needles in the arms and hands
These symptoms may appear immediately after the whiplash injuring or there may even be a delay in showing symptoms, which can prevent a person from associating it with an injury. This will often postpone the patient from receiving timely treatment. If you think you have whiplash, it’s best to seek out help from a medical expert. Chiropractors provide the tools to help you that you need to ensure you are not causing anymore risks to your health.
If you are suffering from whiplash, make an appointment with Dr. Gotro today for a free consultation.