Whiplash is a condition that usually comes as the result of a motor vehicle collision, but whiplash can also occur due to a sports injury. Whiplash can also result from physical abuse (for instance, as a result of someone shaking you hard by the shoulders), or even by being punched in the jaw. Any of these experiences can cause the intense flexing and extension requisite to cause whiplash in the neck. The movement that generally results in whiplash is quite similar to nodding your head, "yes."
So what actually happens to your neck during whiplash? Structures in the neck -- which also include discs, nerves, muscles, and ligaments that can be damaged. Even small vessel tears can occur after an accident -- releasing inflammatory substances that cause swelling and pain in the neck.
Below are a few symptoms you might have if you've recently experienced whiplash.
The tricky thing about whiplash symptoms is that they can occur immediately after an injury, or they can start to show up after a few (or several) days. Whiplash symptoms include the following:
- Muscle Pain
- Muscle Spasms
- Serious Decrease in Range of Motion
- Stiffening of the Neck
- Increased Anxiety
- Disturbances in Memory
If you've experienced any of the following symptoms after an accident or incident, contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today. We have a long history of getting patients back on their feet for the long haul.