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What is Whiplash Injury?

Posted on September 17, 2014 | 1 Comment on What is Whiplash Injury?

Whiplash is a relatively common injury that occurs to a person’s neck following a sudden acceleration-deceleration force, most commonly from motor vehicle accidents.

Cause: Violent hyperextensio and flexion of the neck usually as a result of rear-end automobile accident. It produces damage to muscles, disks, ligaments and nervous tissue in the region of the cervical spine


Signs and Symptoms:

  • Client pale and dazed but rarely looses consciousness
  • He or she may exhibit wekness, gait distrubances, dissiness and vomiting
  • Occipital headache may be severe and spread to temporal regions; may be accompanied by nuchal rigidity and pain that radiates down the arms

RX:

  • Bed rest; analgesic and hot packs to the neck
  • Plastic collar to be worn for several weeks to prevent aggravation of inflamed or bruised neck structure

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Comments:1

  1. 11/04/21

    Often the full extent of an injury may not be apparent at first. What happens at that stage if a claim is not made? In the case of a whiplash , where the head is subject to sudden movement due to being held by a seat belt, the victim might not think this serious.

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