What Causes Whiplash?

Whiplash is commonly known as a neck injury, a sudden distortion of the neck. Most of the time, a whiplash is caused by a fast-moving vehicle which would abruptly stop, just like what happens during an accident. This is a sudden acceleration-deceleration of force, most commonly experienced when you are in a motor vehicle or other fast-moving vehicles. In an accident like this, the body is pushed forward or accelerated, while the head remains in the opposite direction, until it is also pushed forward. This tears and stretches in the ligaments, tendons and muscles of the neck is the reason why it causes so much pain when experienced.

Whiplash does not only happen in vehicle accidents. It can also happen when a neck injury is sustained sideways, like your neck has been forced to either sides. An example of this is when you fall of a bicycle or just anything you are riding on, like a horse. Moreover, whiplash can also occur when you dive, just as long as there is a sudden and forceful jerk which strains the body.

The Symptoms Of Whiplash

Some symptoms of whiplash are lower back pains, headache, neck pain, stiff neck, pain between the shoulder blades or just pain in the shoulder, numbness in your arm/s or hand/s, sleep disturbances, irritability, blurred vision, fatigue, dizziness, swallowing difficulties, a feeling like you are spinning, tinnitus (commonly known as ringing in the ears), and difficulty concentrating. Once you feel at least one or two of these symptoms after an accident, it is best that you visit a physician right away to have yourself checked, to verify if you really have a whiplash injury. Going to the doctor is also the best thing to do so that you would be treated and given utmost care by the professionals. You would not have to treat yourself, which might even worsen the damage.

A good rest is the number one thing you should have in order to treat whiplash. You should just rest and stay wherever you are, avoiding doing activities that will tire your neck out. In addition to rest, if you have particularly bad whiplash, or whiplash pain that continues to cause pain on an ongoing basis, you may need further help. Neck massages, heat, ice, pain relieving medications, physical therapies such as physiotherapy and osteopathy can help reduce the pain you are feeling. Before it’s too late for you, asks expert advise about whiplash from a trusted osteopath.