Whiplash is a term that is used to describe a neck impairment caused by a unexpected rapid movements of the head frontwards, backwards or maybe sideways (a whiplash motion). This vigorous motion of the head can damage the ligaments and tendons inside of the neck. The tendons are robust, fibrous bands that link muscles to bone. Ligaments are the fibrous connective tissues which link a pair of bones together at a joint.
Neck Sprain as a Result of Whiplash
During whiplash, the actual ligaments in the neck are actually sprained. A damage happens once a ligament is stretched excessively. Although the ligament is not broken, a strain could take a long time (often several months) in order to repair. In most cases causes discomfort, rigidity and also a loss of mobility within the neck region. Head pains, muscle spasms and discomfort within the shoulders or perhaps arms are also possible symptoms.
How common is whiplash?
It is a typical injury that usually arises following road traffic accidents, when a collision (typically from behind) jolts the head backwards just before it then “whips” frontwards. Motor vehicle collisions don’t need to always be serious for someone to develop an injury, with neck problems and connected accidental injuries are often developing following low-speed accidents. Typically Whiplash tends to affect females much more than males because their neck muscles are generally less strong.
The outlook varies dependent on how severely the neck might be sprained. The time to recover may take a couple weeks when the neck ligaments plus tendons are only slightly damaged. However, in serious circumstances, whiplash-associated accidents may last for several months and even years.
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