Whiplash is a common type of neck injury. It occurs to a person's neck most commonly following a motor vehicle accident. The term "whiplash" was introduced in 1928. The term "whiplash injury" indicates damage the bone structures and soft tissues of the neck, where as the term "whiplash associated disorders" is used to indicate severe and chronic neck condition. Although whiplash is not a life threatening injury, it can cause a prolonged period of partial disability
Causes of whiplash are
The signs and symptoms of whiplash may occur immediately or minutes to hours after the injury. If the symptoms start soon after the injury the chance of serious damage is higher where as if the symptoms occur later, the injury is usually less severe.
The common symptoms of whiplash include
if you are brought to the emergency department with a cervical collar strapped around your neck, the emergency physician will remove the collar without an x-ray or other investigations
if you meet all of the following criteria
Your doctor will not remove the collar if he/she thinks you need x-rays of the neck. In this case the doctor will first examine you to determine if there is any damage to your neck.
The following areas are generally examined
The investigations that are done include:
Your doctor will recommend a treatment plan that would include a combination of the following measures:
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