Don’t Settle for Pain in Your Neck
What is Whiplash and What Causes Whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury to the neck due to a sudden distortion or extension of the neck when the neck experiences a sudden acceleration-deceleration motion. Muscles in the neck and back are overextended and can lead to symptoms from mild to severe pain from stiffness and inflammation in muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments. Headaches, migraines, fatigue, dizziness can lead to an overall feeling of being unwell.
Whiplash is usually the result of being rear-ended or hit at a high speed. However, whiplash can also happen with injuries related to horseback riding, bicycles, snowboarding, falling from a higher level such as a stool, or even shaken baby syndrome.
Whiplash is a relatively common injury; however, it is often ignored or neglected due to a lack of understanding of the condition. While some symptoms can occur immediately after the injury, some symptoms are often not felt until days later. The most common effects of whiplash are pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and back, headaches, pain and weakness in the arm, dizziness, and fatigue.