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Whiplash Injury

more about Whiplash Injury

  • Whiplash injury refers to a soft tissue injury of the neck caused by a sudden back and forth movement of the head.

  • Neck Pain and headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Arm pain and tingling
  • fatigue
  • Dizziness or Tinnitus
  • Difficulty in concentration and memory
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Visual disturbances

  • Most whiplash injuries occur as a result of sudden head or neck movements from rear-end impacts in motor vehicle accidents.  Strenuous physical activities involving the neck can also cause whiplash.  Sudden movements of the head involving acceleration and deceleration cause damage to the soft tissues, such as ligaments, muscle or disc.

  • The treatment is aimed at pain relief and the healing of tissue damage
    1. Apply ice immediately after the trauma
    2. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
    3. Rest with cervical collar for a short period
    4. Range of motion exercises for the neck
    5. Physical therapy

  • Generally, the prognosis for individuals with whiplash is good.  Most patients improve within a few days or weeks, but symptoms may persist over 6 months.

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