Whiplash is defined as “an injury to the cervical spine caused by an abrupt jerking motion of the head, either backward of forward.” Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are very quickly and abruptly thrust in one direction then back into the opposite direction. This can occur not only from car accidents, but also in contact sports such as football or soccer, slip and falls, or even a very sudden and vigorous sneeze.
Symptoms of whiplash affect your overall senses and body comfort. Symptoms might not occur for hours, days or even weeks after the accident. If you are involved in an accident, it’s important to follow up with your primary physician as soon as possible to see if any medical attention is needed.
Symptoms of whiplash include:
- Headaches, head and neck pains, stiff neck, muscle spasms
- Restricted head motion
- Equilibrium problems, loss of hearing, ringing in the ears and eyestrain
- Inability to concentrate, poor memory
- Pain between the shoulders, low back pains, tremors, rapid heartbeat