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No Laughing Matter: Whiplash

Whiplash is the jerk or jolt of a person’s head that is quickly thrown backwards then forwards with a great amount of force. This motion can injure bones in the spine, disks between the bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves and other tissues of the neck (Mayo Clinic, 2015). Whiplash can occur in many situations that arise. One of the most common causes of whiplash is in an auto accident, specifically rear-end collisions. Another great example would be contact sports such as football, boxing, or karate. Physical abuse can result in whiplash especially when a baby is shaken violently.

What Does Whiplash Feel Like?

According to Healthline, symptoms usually appear within 24 hour following the incident that caused the whiplash. Sometimes symptoms may develop after a few days and can last several weeks. Common symptoms include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches (specifically at the base of the skull)
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Constant weariness

Less common symptoms associated with long-term chronic whiplash include:

  • Problems with concentration and memory
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Inability to sleep well
  • Irritability
  • Chronic pain in the neck, shoulders or head

What Do You Do Next?

Whiplash has many simple remedies to try and cure. Over the counter medication like Tylenol or Advil are recommended but other high dose pain killers can be prescribed if necessary. Applying ice or heat to the neck is also another great way to improve. During the first 24 hours after the injury, rest may be helpful. You should follow up with your doctor immediately if your symptoms spread to your shoulders or arms, if moving your head is painful, or if you have numbness or weakness in your arms (Johnson 2016). Other remedies can include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic care
  • Massage
  • Electronic nerve stimulation

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