The short, albeit, disconcerting answer is “most likely”.
- “Railroad Spine”
- “Acceleration Flexion-Extension Neck Injury”
- “Acute Flexion-Extension Injury Of The Neck”
- “Soft Tissue Cervical Hyperextension Injury”
- “Cervical Soft Tissue Damage”
- “Hyperextension Neck Injury”
- “Neck Strain”
- “Cervical Pain From Hyperextension”
All of these are various medical terms or names for the same injury. That injury is none other than whiplash. Whiplash is a non-medical term that describes a multitude of possible conditions that result from a car crash or any situation that results in a moderate to severe deceleration or acceleration. It’s called whiplash because a person that experiences whiplash moves very much like a bull-whip. Specifically, the body continues to move forward, right until the change of acceleration catches up and forces the person backward severely. This jerking of the body, especially if improperly restrained puts high amounts of strain on the persons neck and spine, often leading to moderate to severe pain and complications.
The most frequent way to experience whiplash is a car accident or crash. A person need not be moving fast either. Even a car crash at 10mph can lead to light to moderate discomfort or pain in some cases. In fact, slip and fall injuries can also lead to whip lash injuries. Any sudden change in momentum can potentially lead to cervical sprain and strain.
Because whiplash is so easy to obtain, it is important to diagnose and treat it early to ensure a quick and full recovery.
The common symptoms of whiplash:
- Neck Pain
- Neck Swelling
- Tenderness of the neck, particularly in the back
- Muscle Spasms(Back/Side of the neck)
- Difficulty moving your neck
- Shooting pain into the back/shoulder
- Shoulder Blade Pain
- Ringing in ears/Dizziness may occur in combination with these symptoms
The good news is that whiplash, if properly diagnosed can be treated and full recovery can be achieved in most cases. If you think that you have experienced whiplash or feature any of the common symptoms listed, call us today or come by our office in Richardson, Texas. You can also sign up for a free consultation online, using the various forms available or by clicking here and filling out the request. Our Chiropractic doctors and friendly staff will be happy to help. Serving Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Garland and the rest of the Dallas Metroplex area.