Whiplash syndrome isÂ a cluster of symptoms that are commonly attributed to an obscure neck injury following an MVA.The symptoms are neither radicular, or myelopathic.
Typical symptoms include:
1.Neck pain and stiffness.
2.Worsening of pain with neck movement.
3.Loss of range of motion in the neck.
4.Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull.
5.Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms.
6.Tingling or numbness in the arms.
While whiplashÂ does not have a definitive appearance in MRIs, they are useful for diagnosis. First, MRIs can rule out things like fractures, slipped discs, or other severe injuries that may cause pain, allowing doctors to determine whiplash as the primary injury to treat.The difficulty with diagnosing whiplash is thatÂ it does not really show up on an X-ray, CT scan or an MRI scan. The diagnosis is usually made by asking the patient how they feel and then proceeding from there. People usually have pain in the back of their neck and they find that the pain is worse when they move.
5 Mistakes You Should Avoid After Whiplash:
1.Driving Anyway. You need to work, buy groceries, pick up the kids. …
2.Just Lying Around. Managing auto repairs and insurance claims can really take it out of you. …
3.Wearing A Neck Brace For Too Long. …
4.Doing Too Much, Too Soon. …
5.Letting Whiplash â€śHeal On Its Ownâ€ť.
Whiplash symptoms such as neck pain and stiffness usually start improving a few days to one week after you get hurt.Â Most people fully recover within a month. Check in with your doctor if pain or other symptoms that are long-lasting after an injury or causing you any concern.