Even though whiplash is commonly associated with car accidents, it can actually be caused by any impact or blow that forces the head to jerk forward and backward. This sudden motion stretches and tears the muscles and tendons in the neck, which can result in severe and lasting pain. In some cases, pain associated with whiplash takes several hours or days to appear, so it’s important for anyone involved in an auto accident to learn to recognize the symptoms.
Decreased range of motion
Many auto accident victims who develop whiplash begin to feel very stiff or tight in the neck area. Their neck muscles may actually begin to feel hard or knotted. This results in significant pain, decreased motion range and tightness in the neck. The neck area may also be very tender as a result of the injury. In order to diagnose whiplash, a doctor will need to conduct a thorough examination, including X-rays, CT scans and other medical tests.
Pain when moving head
The most common symptom associated with whiplash is pain the neck area. Following an auto accident, someone may experience sharp pain when rocking his or her head from side to side or backward and forward. Sometimes, the force associated with whiplash causes a concussion as well. Concussions are very serious, so auto accident victims should seek emergency medical care if they feel dizzy, nauseous or excessively sleepy following an accident.
While whiplash can cause pain in the neck region, it can also trigger headaches beginning at the base of the skull that radiate toward the forehead. Even though whiplash can heal on its own, it’s recommended that auto accident victims ice their necks as soon as possible after the injury. Accident victims should also consult a doctor about taking painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
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