What is a Whiplash Injury?
Whiplash Injury is a soft tissue injury to the muscles and ligaments in the back of your neck (cervical spine), frequently associated with (or caused by) low-velocity rear-end motor vehicle collisions. The whiplash injury diagnosis is done by considering the patient history, symptoms and X-rays or MRI scan.
Whiplash Injury Symptoms
The most common symptoms of a whiplash injury include:
- Pain in the back of your neck
- Muscle spasm
- Neck stiffness
The normal Cervical spine has a curve (called lordosis) in the shape of the letter “C.” A Cervical Spine subjected to a Whiplash Injury frequently loses that normal “C” curvature.
Whiplash Injury Causes
- The most common cause of whiplash injury is rear-end motor vehicle collision
- Also, any sudden hyperextension movement of the neck, followed by hyperflexion
Whiplash Injury Treatment Options
This condition is always treated non-surgically. Intermittent use of a soft foam cervical collar, medication for pain and inflammation, and physical therapy exercises are all useful in diminishing pain and stiffness and regaining function.