So you’ve been in a car accident and you haven’t felt quite the same since. You’re sore, uncomfortable, and you don’t have the same range of motion as before. How do you know if your injuries are actually whiplash resulting from your car accident? Well let’s turn to the all powerful Wikipedia for some help. The following was adapted from the article “Whiplash (medicine)” from Wikipedia.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a non-medical term describing a range of injuries to the neck caused by or related to a sudden distortion of the neck associated with extension. The term “whiplash” is a colloquialism. “Cervical acceleration-deceleration” (CAD) describes the mechanism of the injury, while the term “whiplash associated disorders” (WAD) describes the injury sequelae and symptoms.
What Causes Whiplash?
- Whiplash is commonly caused by car accidents, usually when a car has been hit by the rear.
- Any falls, such as from falling from a stool, bicycle, etc.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash?
- Pain and aching of the neck and back
- Referred pain to the shoulders
- Sensory disturbance (such as “pins and needles”) to the arms & legs
When Do Whiplash Symptoms Occur?
- Whiplash symptoms can be felt immediately
- Some whiplash symptoms may take days to manifest.
Where Does Whiplash Occur?
- Whiplash is usually confined to the spinal cord
- The most common areas of the spinal cord affected by whiplash are the neck, and the mid-back (middle of the spine).
- ^ Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “Q&A: Neck Injury”. http://www.iihs.org/research/qanda/neck_injury.html#1. Retrieved 2007-09-18.
- ^ “whiplash” at Dorland’s Medical Dictionary