Whiplash is the name for neck sprains to the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spines and is commonly associated with vehicle accidents usually when the vehicle has been hit in the rear.
A whiplash injury can also occur during diving, sports, and many other everyday life pursuits. Whiplash can also be called neck sprain or a neck strain. The injury is referred to as "whiplash" due to the neck or back being thrown forwards and/or backwards.
A whiplash injury can also be the result of stretching of the spine, in particular the ligament known as the anterior longitudinal ligament which is often stretched or tears, as the head snaps forward and then back again.
It has been documented that 2 in 3 people involved in vehicle accidents develop neck pain, many people are often surprised at having symptoms when the car crash was minor or happened at a very low speed.
Four(4) grades of Whiplash Associated Disorder (WADs) were defined by the Quebec Task Force on Whiplash-associated disorders.
The consequences of whiplash range from mild pain for a few days, to severe disability caused by restricted head movement or of the cervical spine, sometimes with persistent pain. Whiplash Injuries have been known to exacerbate pre-existing conditions, such as cervical spondylosis and other degenerative changes.
Symptoms can appear directly after the injury, but quite often are not felt until several days afterwards. One of the biggest danger with whiplash injuries is that the symptoms may take years to develop. Most people recover from whiplash in a few weeks, but others can experience related pain and trouble for many years after.
If you suspect a whiplash injury some of the symptoms you may experience include:
Few topics in the field of medicine are as controversial as diagnosing and treating whiplash injuries. Here are some Ways Whiplash can be Treated - A doctor should always be consulted first as there can sometimes be damage without any symptoms, or there can be delayed symptoms.