Whiplash is an injury that happens when the head jerks abruptly forward and backwards, causing the neck to move outside its normal range of motion – similar to the “cracking of a whip”. Whiplash is most commonly the result of an automobile accident, but can also be from a sports injury or other impact-related trauma.
This injury can show up immediately, or can be delayed from 24 hours to up to a few months. Because symptoms of whiplash injury can take weeks or months to show up, it is easy to be fooled into thinking you are not as injured as you really are. It is important to be checked as soon as an accident or injury occurs to prevent long-term damage. Severe whiplash could mean severe nerve damage, which if not treated quickly, could be very painful and costly.
Signs of Whiplash
Following a car accident, or other trauma, look for these signs of whiplash:
• Neck pain, swelling, stiffness, or spasms
• Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms
• Worsening of pain with neck movement
• Pain or tenderness in the shoulders, arms, or back
• Numbness and tingling in the arms
• Trouble concentrating
• Vision problems
• Ringing in the ears
• Trouble remembering things
If you experience any of these symptoms, call First Health Medical to get an assessment. It is important to have an exam after an auto accident, or other impact-related incident, even if you aren’t feeling pain yet. If left untreated, whiplash can cause long-term, sometimes debilitating pain. Treatment and pain management can range from just a few weeks to more comprehensive care and therapy. When treated promptly, most people recover from whiplash within a few months.
At First Health Medical Center we specialize in personal injury rehabilitation for treatment for automobile accidents, sports injuries or work-related pain. Our experienced, specialized doctors can evaluate your pain and provide a treatment plan that fits your unique needs. Plus, if your injury is the result of an auto accident or personal injury, we are experienced in filing the necessary paperwork and insurance requirements.