What is whiplash?
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries from auto accidents. This happens when the force of an impact "whips" the head violently in one direction beyond it's normal limits, the violently back in the opposite direction. The result: muscles, tendons, and ligaments supporting the spine can be overstretched or torn. The spinal cord and delicate nerve endings in the neck can be stretched, pinched, and irritated. The soft, cushioning discs occupying the spaces between vertebrae (spinal bones) can herniate (bulge), or even rupture (tear). Symptoms of whiplash may take hours, days, or even weeks to appear.
Common symptoms include:
- Sore or stiff neck
- Pain, numbness, or tingling in the back, arms, shoulders, and hands
- Reduced ability to move the head
- Ringing in the ears, dizziness, hearing loss, or blurred vision