Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when your head suddenly moves backward and then forward. Most often associated with rear-ended auto collisions, the sudden jerking of the neck can push the neck muscles and ligaments beyond their normal range of motion. Whiplash injuries can be mild or severe. There could be four people in one car during an accident and all of them could suffer from different levels of whiplash. Adults are typically more susceptible to sever whiplash than young children because children have more pliable bones and ligaments.
Most people with whiplash develop symptoms within 24 hours of injury. Common symptoms that may occur include neck pain, neck stiffness, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, and fatigue. After any injury, it is important for anyone involved to see a doctor. If pain from the neck spreads to the shoulders or arms after being sent home from the doctor, it is important to schedule an immediate appointment to make sure no other damage has been done to the neck or spinal column.
While automobile accidents are the number one cause of whiplash, anything that causes the head to be thrown back and then immediately forward can strain the neck’s ligaments and muscles. Physical abuse is also a cause of whiplash. When someone is punched or shaken, the neck can be injured. Contact sports, most commonly football, can cause whiplash injuries. Tackling and hitting the ground with great force can jerk the neck and cause severe injury.
Most people with whiplash will recover in less than three months. However, severe whiplash can result in chronic pain in the joints and neck for many years. If you have had any injuries that have resulted in neck pain, see your doctor immediately for proper care.
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