How Does It Occur?
Whiplash typically occurs when a person’s neck is tugged forward, backwards, or to any other directions forcibly and suddenly. Common causes of whiplash injuries include high-contact sports; rear-end impact from automotive accidents, etc. Whiplash sufferers typically encounter neck pain and headaches – two of the most common signs of a whiplash injury.
However, sometimes whiplash symptoms do not manifest even long after the injury has been sustained. Typically, approximately 60 to 90 per cent of accident victims have been reported to develop neck pain within two hours to two days after the injury and 60 to 75 per cent of them have experienced headaches. Other symptoms include shoulder and back pains; vertigo; dizziness; ringing in the ear and blurred vision, etc. Non-physical symptoms may also ensue, which include memory loss; concentration lapses; nervousness; irritability; fatigue and depression.
Although pain dissipates for most whiplash sufferers within days or weeks of injury, full recovery can take up to three months. Some whiplash sufferers have been reported to encounter residual headaches, neck, back and shoulder pains, with approximately 45 per cent still reported to have felt the symptoms even as long as up to two years after the injury.
If you’ve discover any hints of suffering from a whiplash injury, consult your family chiropractor early to discuss your best possible options. There are various ways to detect whiplash symptoms and abnormalities, even when pain has not set in. The advantages of early detection and application of appropriate measures to prevent pain before it occurs will prove the best response to whiplash injuries.