Whiplash is a type of neck injury that is caused by sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways. Whiplash occurs when the soft tissues in the neck become stretched, damaged and sprained. If severe enough, it can last a very long time and seriously limit your day-to-day activities.
If you’ve ever suffered from whiplash, you’ll know just how painful it can be. Often, whiplash will get better on its own or after a few weeks or months using some simple treatment techniques. However, whiplash can also cause some really severe and troublesome symptoms that can last a long time.
Whiplash can occur if your head is violently thrown forwards, backwards or sideways. The common causes of whiplash are:
There are many different symptoms related to whiplash which can help you to identify whether you have it or not. Some of the most common symptoms of whiplash include:
There are also some less common whiplash symptoms including pins and needles in your arms and hands, tiredness, dizziness, memory loss, poor concentration and irritability. It can take several hours for the symptoms to develop after you injure your neck and the symptoms are often a lot worse the day after the injury was sustained. The whiplash symptoms may continue to get worse for several days.
If you’ve recently been involved in a road accident or you’ve been the victim of a sudden impact to your head, you should seek medical advice straight away. It’s important to diagnose whiplash as soon as possible, but you may also be suffering from other ailments such as concussion.
Visit your GP as soon as you can and let them know that you think you may have whiplash. They’ll ask you how the injury happened and about your symptoms, and may also examine your neck for muscle spasms and tenderness. Your doctor may also assess the range of movement in your neck.
Whiplash will usually get better on its own after some basic treatment, but how exactly is whiplash treated? Well, some of the best ways to treat whiplash include: