Auto and Work Injury

Whiplash, is the common name given to an injury where there is a hyperextension or a hyperflexion injury to the cervical spine. Its name comes from the fact that the spine is held in place in the mid-back by the attachment of the rib cage. Any movement, therefore, to which the spine may be subjected, as in the case of an auto accident, or severe fall, commonly results in the neck being whipped forward or backward or sideways in relationship to the rib cage.

A typical example of a common injury to the neck region is illustrated in the rearend auto collision. The driver, not suspecting such an incident, is relaxed. The force from behind causes the head to quickly flip backwards and then thrust forward by the deceleration (quick stopping) motion. This type of rapid movement and the manner in which the head is thrust about has been termed whiplash. Many injuries of this nature are not immediately felt by the injured person. Authorities estimate that the injuries may not be felt for several hours, days and in rare cases even months or years following the incident. Examples of reactions from an injury of this nature could be: headaches, visual disturbance, stiffness of the neck, restriction of movement, shoulder, neck and arm pain, to name a few.

Many victims attempt to treat the neck injury with home remedies increasing the possibility of further injury. It is absolutely essential to have an examination by a doctor who is trained to examine the spine and related structures, and who understands the dynamics of the "whiplash" injury in order to rule out, or diminish, future problems. The immediate damage to the muscles and ligaments will heal with scar formation if not treated properly. The healing will result in tissues that do not have the same elastic property or ability to stretch and therefore pain associated with the injury may continue. 9o The tearing of the ligaments and the trauma to the cervical spine (neck vertebrae) can result in significant spinal injured person. Authorities estimate that the injuries may not be felt for several hours, days and in rare cases even months or years following the illcidellt.

Examples of reactions from an injury of this nature could be: headaches, visual disturbance, stiffness of the neck, restriction of movement, shoulder, neck and arm pain to name but a few. Many victims attempt to treat the neck injury with home remedies increasing the possibility of further injury. It is absolutely essential to have an examination by a doctor who is trained to examine the spine and related structures, and who understands the dynamics of the "whiplash" injury in order to rule out, or diminish, future problems. The immediate damage to the muscles and ligaments will heal with scar formation if not treated properly. The healing will result in tissues that do not have the same elastic property or ability to stretch and therefore pain associated with the injury may continue.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS EXPERIENCED BY PERSONS INJURED IN "WHIPLASH" TYPE INCIDENTS

Stiffness/ general achiness
Shoulder/neck/arm pain
Vertigo/dizziness
Numbness/tingling/weakness
Visual disturbances:
Nausea/vomiting
Chest pain
Blood pressure irregularities
Emotional complaints