How Do I Know If I Have Whiplash?

How Do I Know If I Have Whiplash: Utah Chiropractic

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[1] associated with extension.[2] 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?

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
  • Headaches

When Do Whiplash Symptoms Occur?

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).
  1. ^ Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “Q&A: Neck Injury”. http://www.iihs.org/research/qanda/neck_injury.html#1. Retrieved 2007-09-18.
  2. ^whiplash” at Dorland’s Medical Dictionary
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14 thoughts on “How Do I Know If I Have Whiplash?

  1. Whiplash sucks! I remember having a headache for a month after my car accident before I went and saw a chiropractor. I didn’t know my insurance would cover the cost, and after my first visit I was already feeling better. I definitely recommend taking advantage of your insurance and getting chiropractic care to anyone after a car accident.

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