Symptoms, Causes and Treatment for Whiplash Neck Injury.Whiplash injury treatment involves an accurate diagnosis of the tissues affected as well as - ideally - early intervention.
Whiplash neck injury and associated problems represent a number of symptoms arising from a sudden distortion to the neck.
Whiplash is commonly associated with road traffic accidents - when a car is rear-ended and the passengers neck is thrusted forwards and backwards in a whiplash-type motion. Whiplash neck injuries can also commonly arise from falls from bicycles, horses and tackles on the sports field.
These types of injuries result in a varying scale of ligamentous, joint, muscle and nerve damage to your neck anatomy and beyond.
So, what is Whiplash? What are the main symptoms of whiplash? Often - you may feel shocked, but injury-free, immediately after an accident - but it is important to realise that whiplash symptoms can appear over a period of time. Let's rund through some various aspects of Diagnosing whiplash and appropriate treatments:
Quite literally, whiplash is an injury to your neck and back where the mechanics of the injury are similar to that of a lash of a whip. In most whiplash cases your neck responds to the impact of an injury by over-extending in a forwards flexion movement, followed by an over-extension in a backwards movement. The result is overstretching and excess compression of muscles, joints, ligaments and nerves - resulting in pain.
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There is no limit to the number and variation of symptoms related to whiplash. This is due to the complexity and combination of tissues injured in a whiplash injury. Most commonly, I see symptoms of pain, stiffness, pins and needles, numbness, weakness and heaviness related to my whiplash clients.
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Treatment involves an accurate diagnosis of the tissues affected as well as early intervention. Controlled movement is important from the outset and must be specific to each individual case. Immobilisation is usually not required once no fractures are found. Poor early management often leads to a longer and more troublesome rehabilitation.
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Exercises for whiplash are very important and need to be specific to each individual case. Early movement of your neck and back is usually indicated, once x-ray examination is clear. You should move your neck in all directions that do not hurt. If full pain free range of movement has not returned within 72 hours seek medical advice.
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