Whiplash occurs when the neck and spine are suddenly strained, causing damage to the bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves.
The number of persons who suffer from whiplash each year is in the millions all over the world. Although anybody can be affected by whiplash, older adults and females have a higher risk of experiencing serious or long-lasting injuries. Because people over the age of 65 are more likely to have any form of injury to their muscles or bones, this condition is more severe in this age group.
The most common cause of whiplash is a collision involving rapid acceleration or deceleration. Whiplash is a common injury sustained in rear-end car accidents.
The most typical signs of whiplash are:
Doctors first rule out more serious conditions that need treatment right away or other possible causes before reaching whiplash injury as a diagnosis.
There are a number of tests, most of which are imaging scans, that can help a doctor rule out other problems and diagnose whiplash. These tests include:
There is no direct cure for whiplash, although it can be managed. The treatment focuses on facilitating the body's natural recovery from whiplash and reducing associated symptoms as much as possible.
Depending on the severity of the damage, some therapies for whiplash are more effective immediately after the accident, while others are more effective in addressing the long-term consequences and chronic issues that can develop as a result of a whiplash injury. The most common ways to treat whiplash are the following:
To reduce risk, exercise the following:
Mayo Clinic (2022). Whiplash. Retrieved December 22, 2022, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/whiplash/symptoms-causes/
Johns Hopkins Medicine (2022). Whiplash. Retrieved December 22, 2022, from https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/whiplash-injury