Whiplash
Have you had a whiplash injury?
Whiplash: A neck injury caused by a sudden jerking backward, forward, or both, of the head. Whiplash is most commonly associated with rear-end car collisions, in which the impact suddenly forces the car occupants’ heads to “snap” back and forth. Other causes of whiplash include a sudden jerk of one or both arms, a violent blow to the head or chin, a reflex jerking of the head due to fright or a sudden loud noise, or any kind of fall that causes a forceful movement of the head and neck. Anyone can be subjected to whiplash, even in a low-force car crash at speeds as low as 5 m.p.h.
The sudden, violent thrust and recoil of the neck and head damages the surrounding and supporting tissues, including muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Whiplash most commonly causes lingering (often serious) neck pain and stiffness, but there may also be back pain, headaches, blurred vision, nausea, ringing in the ears, numbness, and even dizziness. Whiplash symptoms may or may not appear right away. After a night’s rest or even longer, you will usually experience stiffness or soreness of the neck. Often victims are stunned immediately after an accident and do not note any of the whiplash effects. It’s possible that old whiplash injuries can be the cause of many physical and psychological symptoms, even years after the accident, especially if a victim does not receive proper care quickly.
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