Whiplash

Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when the head rapidly thrusts forward and backward. This quick motion forces ligaments and muscles in the neck to move beyond their desired range of motion. The stress placed on these ligaments can cause significant pain. Whiplash injuries can be severe, and chronic pain can occur.

Symptoms

Symptoms of whiplash can be:

  • Pain that travels from the base of the skull to the forehead
  • Inflamed neck muscles and tenderness in the neck area
  • Pain when moving and rotating your head
  • A loss of range of motion
  • Knots in muscles in the neck area

The event that causes whiplash, such as a rear-end collision, can create concussion-like symptoms as well. In this case, medical emergency care is required.

Causes

Certain causes of whiplash are:

Vehicle Accidents:
A rear-end collision is a common cause of whiplash in people.

Physical Contact Sports:
Sports like football and martial arts can cause rapid movements of the neck which can induce whiplash.

Physical Abuse:
Physical abuse like getting punched and shaken can induce whiplash. Young children and infants can experience a condition like shaken baby syndrome which causes neck strain injuries such as whiplash.

Treatment

Dr. V.K Puppala provides numerous treatments for whiplash, and he even provides personal treatment plans that can help his patients continue recovery at home.