60 Second Whiplash

Whiplash! Just saying the word brings scary visions of screeching tires, broken glass, crunching cars, and pain. Lots of pain.

What is whiplash, and when does it occur?

Whiplash is a sudden, forceful forward and backward bending of the neck, resulting in damage to the soft tissue of the neck and head – the muscles, tendons, nerves, and blood vessels. Whiplash may occur not only in car accidents, but also from falling, sports injuries, or blows to the head. It can be minor or severe. If not correctly treated, whiplash injuries can lead to problems in the future.

If symptoms arise after a whiplash injury, evaluation should be sought.The following symptoms commonly follow a whiplash injury:

  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Neck stiffness
  • Pain radiating into the shoulders
  • Inability to turn the head
  • Feeling of the head being ‘too heavy’
  • Low back pain
  • Mild dizziness, depression, or fatigue
  • Nervousness, loss of balance, nausea, blurred vision, sweating, and decreased ability to concentrate.

Dr. Thorburn is a Registered Nurse and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also has advanced training in nutrition. Take advantage of her 46 years of experience!

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