Whiplash Symptoms

symptoms whipSymptoms of whiplash aren’t quite immediate. They can even last for several years depending on how badly you have affected the nerve of your neck. All people aren’t the same some might have better immunity than the other, so it can’t be decided on how long the injury might last just based on other peoples experience.

Neck pain is one of the major and common symptoms of whiplash. If you are involved in an accident or had a big fall, you are more likely to be a victim of whiplash injuries.

There are many symptoms of whiplash, some of the major symptoms of whiplash are:

  • Neck/shoulder pain.
  • Lower back/spinal cord pain.
  • Unusual Fatigue.
  • Dizziness.
  • Vision problems.
  • Insomnia.
  • Loss of memory/ difficulty in concentrating.
  • Hearing problem.
  • Frequent headaches.
  • A feeling of numbness.


These symptoms might occur directly after the injury, but they are often not felt until days afterwards. Whiplash is usually restricted to the spinal cord and some of its areas. Necks and mid-backs are most likely to be affected. If these injuries are not treated on time then they might last for several long years.

Whiplashes often result in sudden violent moments involving the neck.  In the case of normal
whiplash injury there would be pain in the muscles, at the front end of the neck, movement of the neck could also help you identify Whiplash injuries. There is no doubt that these injuries don’t have any proven remedy to defend it.

In the case of accidents involving the neck or back it is better to approach a spinal therapist of a chiropractor wellness care. Hiring them quickly would certainly help you to get rid of this injury quickly and effectively.

Spiral therapy’s might help you in a long way to heal it off, as quickly as possible as this therapy gives relaxation to your muscles, at the back end of the body and you will obviously feel very comfortable and relaxed.  Any gentle massage between the vertebrae and the tissues surrounding it might help you to get rid of this injury very quickly.  This might generally take around a few weeks to be fully cured, but spinal therapy is always beneficial and would prevent the injury from spreading rapidly.

It’s not unusual to experience whiplash symptoms rather lately. In fact it is much more common thing to have indication of whiplash around a gap of 30 hours – 72 hours, after really falling into this injury. This might be because of the fact that human body cannot sense it as soon as it occurs and would certainly take more than 24 hours to generate a kind of irritation. It might also turn out to take more than weeks of time to identify such a kind of injury, it never happens in a flash. Irritation is certainly one of the best ways to identify this injury. Care must be taken to avoid worsening of this injury. Some kind of legal drugs can also be taken when whiplash occurs.


Article publié pour la première fois le 07/08/2012

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Symptoms and Treatment of Whiplash

whiplashWhiplashes vary in their symptoms. Neck pains are the most common and the major symptoms of whiplash. Numbness of arms, shoulder or hands is most commonly seen in these patients. Headaches and vision related problems are other symptoms of whiplash which cannot be neglected and must be taken into consideration, and a few lots of people even experience hearing difficulties and dizziness.

There are various set of treatments for Whiplash. Quebec task force have recommended that individuals who are a victim of whiplash associated disorder grade 1-2 must be involved in motion related exercises, mobilizations, and manipulations.   Drugs like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and Non-narcotic analgesics can also be prescribed if the case comes under WAD 3 or WAD3. But the use of these drugs should be limited. They can only be used up to the period of 3 weeks only, not more than that. A cervical collar must be used within the period of 72 hours, i.e. 3 days from the first one or it might lead to a series of inactivity for many years. Doctors treating patients with such type of injuries always encourage their patients to perform natural activities, as that might lead to a fast recovery.

The national institute for Neurological disorders and stroke has taken a little bit more different approach to these injuries which includes pain medications, antidepressants ,the use of muscle relaxants and cervical collar apart from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug which was already recommended by Quebec Task Force (QTF). As said earlier these medicines must not be taken for more than 3 days in a row. Apart from drugs and medications, the national institute for neurological disorders and stroke has also prescribed exercises related to motion, physical therapies and cervical traction. To relive muscle tension they recommend the use of supplemental heat applications.

There are many healthcare clinics that you can approach. Chiropractic wellness care is one such noted clinics which are very famous in dealing with injuries related to whiplash, you can always approach these clinics to get treatment.

During treatments the important parts that doctors concentrate are:

  • Spinal motion.
  • The way in which the victim holds on to his/her body
  • The damage that have occurred to the nerves and spinal cord of these victims.
  • The present status of the joints, muscles and Ligaments.


Though these treatments might work out, but always keep in mind that “Prevention is better than cure” .There is no substitute for prevention.

Hence always consider these 4 points to avoid whiplashes.

  • Use headrests in cars and wear helmets while driving motor vehicles.
  • Use headrests effectively and make sure that they are not lesser than your height.
  • While performing exercises make sure that you don’t give a lot of stress to your neck.
  • Approach the concerned doctor immediately if you get any sort of neck pain.

While getting treated for whiplash injuries don’t go for ordinary doctors, just take an advice or two from your nearest doctor and then go for specialist doctors to get it treated. Never neglect any of the neck pains. Communicate properly with the doctor who is treating you, never hide any of your pains, and always be frank.

Article publié pour la première fois le 07/08/2012

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