Quick Definition: Whiplash is a term used to describe a neck strain or neck sprain. It typically refers to a neck injury.
Whiplash is usually a reference to symptoms that occur after the neck sustains damage. In whiplash, the intervertebral joints (located between vertebrae), discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles and nerve roots may become damaged.
What Can Cause or Create Whiplash?
Whiplash is usually associated with automobile collisions however this injury can be the result of any traumatic impact, hit or blow that causes the head to violently jerk backward or forward causing neck strain.
What Are the Symptoms?
- Pain In Neck
- Stiffness in Neck
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory Issues
- Shoulder Pain
- Shoulder Blades Pain
- Sleep Disturbances
- Pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
How Is Whiplash Diagnosed?
In many cases, when there is injury to soft tissues such as discs, muscles and ligaments they are not visible on X-rays. However, there are specializing imaging tests such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and CT Scans that are helpful in diagnosis.
How Is Whiplash Treated?
- Ice On The Injured Area
- Over the Counter pain medications
- Care from a Medical Professional
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