Whiplash is an injury to the neck caused by a sudden head movement, usually extension.
Whiplash injuries are most often associated with motor vehicle accidents, especially those where the vehicle is hit from behind. Whiplash can also occur during sports and falls. The head is thrown in one direction and rapidly recoils in the other. This causes excessive stretching and possible tearing of the muscles and ligaments in the neck. Whiplash is essentially a sprain or strain of the cervical joints.
- pain (worse with movement)
- loss of range of motion
- tenderness in shoulders and upper back
- tingling or numbness in the arms
- jaw pain
- tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- sleep disturbance
Early intervention and chiropractic treatment is necessary for adequate healing and strengthening of the delicate neck structures. Chiropractic adjustments, mobilisations and exercises lead to a more rapid recovery than prolonged immobilisation or use of a cervical collar.
If you or anyone you know, is experiencing any of these symptoms due to a whiplash injury, call us on 02 9252 2825 to book a consultation.