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A whiplash injury , also known as neck sprain or strain, is a result of the sudden movement of the neck during an accident. Whiplash occurs more often in rear-end accidents where there is a sudden jolting of the neck forward and backward. This may also appear in some slip and fall accidents. Although it may seem like a simple injury, whiplash can cause some of the neck muscles and ligaments to stretch more than usual and even tear. In severe cases, whiplash can cause a spinal cord injury. It can also affect the cervical muscles, inter-vertebral joints and ligaments discs and nerve roots.

Some of the symptoms of whiplash injuries may include:

  • Neck Stiffness and Pain
  • Myofascial injuries or injuries to the muscles and ligaments
  • Headache, dizziness and blurred vision
  • Difficulty swallowing and chewing and hoarseness of voice
  • Paresthesias or abnormal sensations such as burning or prickling
  • Shoulder and back pains
  • Irritability

Fortunately, a whiplash injury can be treated with the proper medication and the appropriate amount of physical therapy. Although whiplash injuries may not seem to be a serious injury, the victim still needs medical attention and it should not be avoided. Therapy and medications are likely needed to prevent further complications. Proper whiplash diagnosis is done by a physician with a thorough head and neck examination usually with the use of X-rays to rule out bone fractures and it may involve the use of additional medical imaging to determine if there are other more severe injuries.

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