When you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident, even if you’re traveling at a relatively slow speed, there’s a significant risk of a whiplash injury. Such an injury can be more debilitating in the long run than a broken leg. But what is that? How does it happen and what are the symptoms of such and injury?
The term “whiplash” is a pretty generic term, used to describe a wide array of injuries, primarily focused on your neck. Here’s how the injury occurs:
- When another car strikes you from behind, the impact initially projects your body forward, but your head typically stays in the same place
- When the vehicle you are in stops (which can be the result of slamming on the brakes or hitting another object), that forward movement not only comes to a stop, but the head and neck are snapped back, much like a whip—hence the term “whiplash”
Though whiplash injuries are most often associated with rear-end collisions, they can occur in a number of other situations. A similar type of injury is not uncommon when you have been t-boned, or even if you’ve had to slam on your brakes to avoid another motorist or a pedestrian.
The Symptoms of Whiplash
There are a number of telltale signs that you’ve sustained a whiplash injury:
- A stiff neck or decreased range of motion in your neck
- Neck pain, radiating down into your shoulders, arm or back
- Dizziness or blurred vision
- Difficulty sleeping or staying awake
- Tingling in your extremities
- Any noticeable or unusual cognitive or psychological challenges
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