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One of the considerable and somewhat unbeknownst dangers of whiplash is that people often don’t realize that they have it. That’s because symptoms often appear 24 hours or more after the event that triggered the complication. In some cases, symptoms can even appear weeks and months after the fact. If you’ve recently been involved in a traumatic event such as a car accident, it’s imperative that you make sure you’re checking for any potential warning signs.

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a type of neck sprain that arises when the head is suddenly jerked forwards and then backwards. Typically, being rear-ended is one of the most common instances that can create whiplash. If you feel as though you may have whiplash, you need to consult a doctor right away. Identifying the issue early on can potentially help lead to a speedier recovery.

Unfortunately, whiplash has the potential to be a catalyst for other potential troubles elsewhere in your body. This is because it changes the relationship between your neck and your back, creating discomfort. Anything from your ligaments and muscles, to your joints and discs, to your nerve roots could be affected.

How Do I Know if I Have Whiplash?

There are several symptoms of whiplash to be on the lookout for. These can include the following potential issues:

  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Dizziness
  • Numb arms or hands
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unexplained tingling or burning
  • Ringing in the ears

How Is it Treated?

It’s critical that you receive treatment for whiplash as soon as you identify the complication. This is because the condition can potentially lead to all kinds of physical ailments. Whiplash has been linked to anxiety, depression, and other forms of mental stress.

There is no single treatment for whiplash, but possible treatment options can include:

  • Massage
  • Physical therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Cervical Collar
  • Ice
  • Heat

It’s important to discuss any treatment options with your doctor to decide what the right treatment option is for your specific case.  

Be safe and know the warning signs! Staying informed could mean a world of difference for you or a loved one.