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Whiplash

Symptoms, Causes, Questions & Related Topics

Chances are you’ve heard the term whiplash before – but what does it actually mean? Whiplash is a strain or sprain in the neck that happens suddenly when the head jerks forward or backward. What most people think of when they hear the word whiplash is a car accident, since this is one of the most common causes of this injury.

Symptoms of whiplash tend to come on slowly the first few days after the injury occurs. Some tell-tale signs of whiplash include:

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  • Neck pain
  • Stiffness or limited range of motion in the neck
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands
  • Pain in the shoulders and shoulder blades
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Irritability

Because the spine’s vertebrae, discs, muscles, ligaments, and nerve roots can become damaged because of whiplash, this injury is nothing to take lightly. If you just experienced a trauma and are showing any of the symptoms mentioned above, it’s a good idea to get yourself checked out at an urgent care. Urgent care is a great and convenient first step to determine the best course of action. You may need to get an MRI or CT scan to pinpoint exactly which part of the neck has been damaged by whiplash. After the extent of your injury has been determined, your urgent care physician will recommend medications, exercises, and other treatments to help manage your pain.