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Whiplash is a common injury that is sustained following a road traffic accident when the driver or passengers are violently jerked forwards, backwards or sideways during impact.
This sudden movement can propel their neck and head in different directions causing severe damage to the soft tissues of the neck. This injury is defined as Whiplash and may result in hospitalisation and a long period of recuperation.
Causes of whiplash
Although road traffic accidents are commonly the main cause of this painful condition, other types of accident may also cause symptoms to develop, including:
- riding accidents
- skiing accidents
- sporting accidents involving heavy contact such as rugby and boxing
- cycling accidents
- motorcycle accidents
- falls from height
- industrial accidents
- workplace accidents
- slips, trips and falls
- travel accidents
Symptoms of this debilitating condition usually take a period of time to develop following an accident. In fact many victims of Whiplash are unaware of their injuries at the time of the accident, and it is only the following day that symptoms appear. Then they may experience:
- stiffness of the head and neck
- restricted range of movement of the neck and head
- pain across the neck muscles and soft tissues
- pins and needles or numbness in their limbs
- blurred vision
Seeking medical advice
Whenever the neck or head are involved in a trauma, medical advice should be sought to determine if any injuries have been sustained, especially if the casualty is elderly or infirm. A GP may be the first point of contact and a thorough examination of the neck and range of movement should be undertaken.
A diagnosis is usually made following a detailed history of the accident. The usual treatment for Whiplash injuries are rest and painkillers in the first instance. Anti-inflammatory medicines reduce swelling and aid healing of the affected tissues.
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