How To Define The Pain Of The Whiplash?

Whiplash occurs during sudden acceleration or deceleration of the head and neck relative to the rest of the body as a result of a car accident or other injury involving the head and cervical region. Several symptoms may be present: stiffness and/or neck pain, loss of cervical mobility, pain in the shoulders and/or arms, headache, dizziness, tinnitus, visual disturbances, numbness and tingling in the hands or at the face, jaw pain. Discomfort can sometimes be delayed. There may be a delay between the accident and the onset of symptoms. Traffic accidents still remain one of the main causes of death in the population, especially among young people. If the result of a traffic accident does not always lead to death, it can nevertheless have very serious consequences. One of the most boring is what we call whiplash.

Whiplash is a neck pain that occurs when this sensitive area of the body is subject to very rapid acceleration and deceleration. Or when a blow is carried from behind. Also known as a cervical sprain, whiplash can generate a wide variety of bothersome and dangerous symptoms.

Our medical representatives found that Whiplash is an increasing issue, therefore, Kennewick Chiropractic Injury Clinic works towards making the people aware of this injury that how this occurs. Moreover, the treatment of Kennewick Chiropractic Injury Clinic can be found beneficial for this treatment. Chiropractic treatments can help relieve symptoms and correct mechanical dysfunctions. They are adapted to the stage of the injury (acute, subacute, chronic) and to its degree of severity. Exercises are often necessary and recommended to complete and optimize treatments.

Etiology And Risk Factors

Our consultants at Kennewick Chiropractic Injury Clinic found some of the risk factors which are shared;

Cervical whiplash syndrome is the result of a sudden movement of flexion or extension of the cervical spine, most often caused by a traumatic event, automobile accident being the most common factor.The most frequently identified risk factors for the occurrence of a whiplash or its severity are:

  • Female gender
  • Young age
  • History of neck pain
  • Rear automobile collision or when the vehicle is stopped
  • Severity of the collision
  • Sedentary work

Why Does Whiplash Happen?

The acceleration of the vehicle is directly transmitted to our neck when we brake too strongly or receive a blow from behind. This means that the weight of our head (usually about 8 kilograms) passes momentarily to about 50 kilos. Much more than the cervical can withstand without effort.

The most common explanation is that an internal tear occurs in some of the ligaments or muscles of the neck. This causes great pain in this area. This pain can spread to the head or back, in addition to producing other, less common but equally boring symptoms. However, some studies show that the symptoms of whiplash have nothing to do with the appearance of a sprain. Some experts suggest that this would be a psychosomatic problem, more related to stress than physical damage.

This is not usually a very dangerous pathology. It tends to disappear after a few days. However, it is advisable to consult a doctor to rule out more important problems if the symptoms persist for a long time or are very acute.

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Signs And Symptoms

Our representative found some of the symptoms that are common in a whiplash. People who undergo a cervical whiplash may experience symptoms for a few weeks, but also for several years, depending on the severity of the injury. Here are the main symptoms associated with this health problem:

  • Pain in the neck (cervicalgia) and sometimes in the arms;
  • Muscle spasms;
  • Muscle rigidity;
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Occipital headache;
  • dizziness;

Approach And Diagnostic Tools

The diagnostic procedure of whiplash is initiated, most often, by a clinical examination, following an accident experienced by the person. It will be completed by radiological examination. Kennewick Chiropractic Injury Clinic found some of tools that can be helpful in order to diagnose the disease.

Depending on the severity of the trauma and certain characteristics of the person, imaging tests may be recommended. However, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), X-ray and bone scintigraphy often reveal few abnormalities in cervical whiplash. In some individuals, these tests may help confirm the diagnosis, especially when they reveal a fracture or neurological involvement, in cases of severe whiplash (Classes III and IV). People who experience symptoms of neck pain over a period of more than six weeks should have radiological follow-up to find the exact causes of neck pain.

How To Treat The Problem?

Kennewick Chiropractic Injury Clinic consultants found that whiplash is usually a problem that responds, with time and patience, to treatment. It was until recently recommended to keep the neck still to speed recovery. This was so because we considered it to be caused by an internal sprain of the neck.

Recent research, however, has shown that the use of a neck brace immobilizing the neck can extend the recovery time. It would weaken the muscles in the area by staying too still (some still tense, others still relaxed). It is therefore recommended today to try to lead a life as normal as possible, as soon as possible. To reserve the use of a neck brace for specific moments, such as driving. It has also been found by the consultant that physical exercise to strengthen the cervical muscles reduces the recovery time. Analgesics or anti-inflammatories can be used in case of severe pain.

This article is shared by our medical consultants in order to make you aware about whiplash. If you notice any symptoms related to this you can talk to our medical consultant to treat your disease. Kennewick Chiropractic Injury Clinic services can be helpful in order to treat Whiplash. Talk to our consultant to get yourself treated!


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