Whiplash Injury Guide
Whiplash is a common injury that usually occurs as a result of sudden, unexpected impact whilst in a stationary position. This causes the neck to move backward and forward at a rapid pace, damaging the soft tissues around the cervical vertebrae. Whiplash is a form of neck strain. Find out more about the causes, symptoms and treatments for whiplash injuries. Plus, find a range of supports and braces and products to assist with alleviating neck pain caused from whiplash.
Anatomy of the Neck
The cervical spine (neck region) consists of seven bones (C1-C7 vertebrae), which are separated from one another by intervertebral discs. These discs allow the spine to move freely and act as shock absorbers during weight bearing activity. Ligaments support the joints of the spine. There are also several muscles that attach to this region of the spine.
Whiplash injuries occur when the neck is rapidly extended and then flexed. Specifically from any impact or blow that causes the neck to rapidly move forward and backward. The most common cause for this is a motor vehicle or car accident in which a person is struck by another vehicle from behind. This forces the head and neck to hyperextend (backward) as the torso is pushed forward by the seat. The abnormal motion damages the soft tissues that hold the cervical vertebrae together (ligaments & muscles).
Symptoms of whiplash
- Pain in the cervical region, especially during movement
- Pain radiating to the arms
- Pain in the shoulder or between shoulder blades
- Functional limitation of movement
- Muscle spasms in the region
- Tenderness and stiffness in the neck
- Headaches & dizziness
- In severe cases, there may be impaired sensation in the skin and muscle weakness or paralysis below the level of the injury
- Swallowing deficits may be present due to an intervertebral disc bulge or swelling
Treatment for Whiplash
Please consult with your medical professional for a complete diagnosis of your neck pain and tailored neck pain treatment plan. Your doctor may recommend that you ice your neck at regular intervals for the first few days, take anti-inflammatory drugs or in some cases wear a neck brace.
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