According to an online article on mayoclinic.org, whiplash is defined as a neck injury that is caused by “forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip” which certainly helps explains the name. The injury most often happens during traumatic instances like auto accidents, physical abuse and sports accidents.
Symptoms of whiplash often include neck pain and stiffness and moderate to severe headaches. Others experience a loss, or reduction in the range of motion in their neck. Tingling and numbness in the arms, fatigue, dizziness and pain through the shoulders and back are also common. These symptoms often develop within 24 hours of the trauma. Though a majority of people will naturally recover from these neck injuries, others do require physical therapy or chiropractic care to alleviate the pain.
When involved in an accident or incident where the neck is possibly injured, it is important to immediately seek medical attention. The quicker you can begin physical therapy and treatment, the more you’ll avoid the long-term complications that whiplash can cause.
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