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Whiplash occurs when the neck of a person goes backwards and forwards suddenly. This injury is common in car collision but can also result from physical abuse, sports injuries, or other frenetic activity. The soft tissues of the muscles and ligaments of the neck extending beyond their typical range of motion; symptoms may not be apparent for a while ', so it is important to pay attention to any physical changes for a couple of days after an accident.
Although Whiplash is a relatively mild, it may cause long-term pain and discomfort. Symptoms usually appear within 24 hours after the accident and, at times, may develop after a few days and last for several weeks.
Common symptoms include:
1. neck pain and stiffness;
4. blurred vision;
5. constant fatigue.
Some other symptoms, less common, associated with long-term whiplash include:
1. problems with concentration and memory;
2. Ringing in the ears;
3. inability to sleep well;
You should consult a physician immediately if symptoms develop to the shoulders and arms, or if you move your head becomes painful, or if you experience numbness or weakness.>> Index
These lesions occur when the neck muscles are strained due to a quick movement backwards and forwards. The sudden movement causes elongation and tear of the tendons and ligaments of the neck.
Whiplash can occur due to a variety of activities. The most common are:
1. road accidents;
2. physical abuse;
3. contact sports that involve the tackle or physical;
5. bicycle accidents;
6. falls when the head is violently move backwards;
7. blows to the head with a heavy object.
The flicks mild or moderate can be treated at home using counter medications, ice and other remedies. However, you should consult a doctor if you experience the following symptoms:
1. pain or stiffness in the neck that goes away and then comes back;
2. severe neck pain;
3. pain, numbness or tingling in the shoulders, arms or legs;
4. problems with bladder or bowel.
In many cases, the whiplash is the result of a car accident or other type of accident and documenting the condition, you can possibly ask for reimbursement for physical damage.>> Index
Your doctor will normally ask you some questions about the accident, such as occurred, where you feel pain and if the pain is dull, sharp, or throbbing; It can also conduct a physical exam to check your range of motion and look for areas of soreness. The doctor also may order an x-ray to make sure the pain is not linked to any other type of injury or degenerative disease such as arthritis.
Other tests-such as CT and MRI allow the physician to assess any damage or inflammation in the soft tissues, spinal cord or nerves.>> Index
The treatments for whiplash are relatively simple. Doctors often prescribe OTC drugs against pain. More severe injuries may require the prescription of painkillers and muscle relaxants to reduce muscle spasms. In addition to medication, physical therapy plays a crucial role in the recovery. It recommends applying ice or heat to the injured area and to practice simple exercises to rebuild strength and flexibility of the neck. According to the National Institutes of Health, those who strive to recover good posture and learn relaxation of the muscles of the neck, can contribute to a faster recovery.
It could make it necessary to use a collar of foam rubber, to keep the neck stable. The collars but should not be worn for more than three hours at a time, and must be used only a few days after the injury: the abuse can cause reduction of the neck muscles, lengthening the recovery period.
In addition to the above methods, you can also try alternative remedies to treat pain:
2. chiropractic care;
4. electrical nerve stimulation.
Very few people are victim of any long-term complications from whiplash. Typically, the recovery time from a few days to several weeks, according to data released, most people recover completely within three months. Some people experience chronic pain or headaches for years after their accident, but even so, doctors may be able to connect the damaged joint pain. Chronic pain following a whiplash still has no medical explanation.
^ Whiplash. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved June 18, 2012
/> ^ Whiplash. National Institutes of Health. Retrieved June 18, 2012
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