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Whiplash injuries: Causes and Effects

What is whiplash?

You might have heard people sustain whiplash injuries in car accidents or sports. Rear-end car accidents frequently result in whiplash. Whiplash, however, can also be caused by falls, physical abuse, sports accidents, and other traumas. Whiplash is sometimes referred to as a neck strain or sprain, but this terminology also includes other neck injuries.

Have you seen a whip in action? The back-and-forth movement of the whip causes a sudden recoil, and that is exactly what a whiplash injury is. Whiplash is a neck injury brought on by the neck moving violently and quickly back and forth, much like a whip.

Whiplash injuries are common following a car accident, a head injury, a fall from a height, or other neck-related physical trauma. The muscles, tendons, and ligaments surrounding your neck can become injured and torn when you suddenly jolt your head back and forth, resulting in discomfort, stiffness, and tightness.

Most minor whiplash sufferers recover within a few weeks by adhering to a therapy regimen that includes painkillers and exercise. However, some people experience persistent neck pain and other issues.

A physician diagnoses whiplash when a patient complains of neck pain following an event that can result in an acceleration-deceleration injury, most frequently a car collision.

Untreated whiplash increases the chance of developing persistent pain and soreness years after the accident or injury. To heal properly, it takes time and careful treatment for strained and torn neck muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Neck muscles and ligaments that have been overworked become uncomfortable and painful, making it difficult to perform daily chores. Even though many people who seek therapy quickly recover within a few weeks or months of the injury, those who do not receive it may continue to feel pain and discomfort for many months or even years.

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