Experiencing minor to serious neck pain after a motor vehicle crash is
very common. If you have some pain or discomfort in your neck, you may
be wondering if you have suffered a “whiplash” injury. “Whiplash”
is caused by the sudden jolting of the neck and shoulders following a
motor vehicle crash. Although it is most common in rear-end collisions,
it can happen in nearly all types of crashes.
How does whiplash occur?
In rear-end collisions, for instance, the force of the rear impact suddenly
and rapidly propels your body forward, but your head follows just an instant
behind. Then, while your body is stopped by the seatbelt, inertia causes
your head to keep moving forward, resulting in a sort of whip-like motion.
When this happens, the muscles, tendons and ligaments in your neck and
shoulders become sprained, or worse, torn.
Why are whiplash injuries a problem?
The trouble with whiplash injuries is that they usually do not show themselves
immediately. It can take anywhere from a few hours, to a few days after
the motor vehicle crash before you recognize any symptoms. The most important
thing to remember is, regardless of how you may feel immediately after
the crash, do not refuse medical treatment. A motor vehicle crash is always
a traumatic situation and the severity cannot always be detected right away.
The common symptoms of whiplash
Common symptoms can include the following:
- Neck or shoulder pain and stiffness
- Soreness or pain in the jaw
- Weakness in one or both arms
- Dizziness and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Back pain or discomfort
- Ringing of the ears (tinnitus)
Because of the potential for delayed symptoms, it is crucial that you allow
the paramedics to take you to the emergency room.
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