Whiplash Associated Disorders
Injuries to the neck caused by a sudden movement of the head, backward, forward, or sideways, are referred to as ‘Whiplash’. Whether from a traffic accident, sports injury, whiplash or neck injuries warrant a thorough Physiotherapy check-up.
How does Whiplash occur?
Whiplash is most commonly suffered as a result of a road traffic accident. The impact/collision can cause the head to suddenly jerk back and forth beyond its normal limits.
What sort of symptoms may you experience with whiplash associated disorders?
- Neck pain
- Radiating pain to head, shoulders, arms, between shoulder blades
- Generalised hypersensitivity
- Parasthesia and muscle weakness
- Symptoms from the jaw
- Visual disturbances
- Poor proprioceptive control of head and neck.
What parts of the neck may be involved?
Muscles and / or ligaments may be overstretched or torn
Vertebrae may be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion
The spinal cord and nerve roots get stretched, irritated and choked
Discs can bulge, tear or rupture
Vascular injury may occur.