Whiplash is the result of a sudden jerk or snapping of the neck, most commonly caused by a rear end collision, where the head and neck are jolted backward and forward. When this happens, damage is done to tissue such as disks, muscles and ligaments in the neck and back region.Symptoms often include, but are not limited to:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
  • Low back pain
  • Pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears or blurred vision
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue

Whiplash is most commonly diagnosed through the use of a CT or MRI Scan. Once diagnosed, treatment is handled through pain medications, physical therapy and/or braces. Your doctor will be able to define a custom treatment plan for you after the successful diagnosis of whiplash.

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