Whiplash is an injury to the ligaments and tendons in the neck and head from a sudden sharp movement. More than 3 million people in America suffer from whiplash injury every year. Approximately 50% of these victims will suffer from chronic pain and about 10% of those people become permanently disabled as a result of their injuries.
There are many symptoms associated with Whiplash that can include, but not limit to:
Headaches are the second most frequently reported symptom in the acceleration/ deceleration injury. The pain may recur in a consistent pattern or vary greatly in its presentation from day to day. Headaches may be of several types. Perhaps the most common is the muscle contraction headache or the so-called “tension headache.” These are generally associated with occipital or frontal pain and are often felt behind the eyes.
Seizures or Loss of Consciousness
These can seriously effect the way we process information whether it be short term or long term. Without treatment, extreme case cases can lead to major medical dysfunctions.
Visual Disturbances generally take form of blurred vision and may be associated with retrobulbar pain.
Dizziness may be caused by injury to the sympathetic nervous system, by vascular injury, by impairment or by injury to the Central Nervous System as in posttraumatic headache syndrome.
Fatigue and General Irritability
Fatigue and General Irritability are present about 90% of the time. Fatigue may vary from a sense of mild tiredness to extremes of exhaustion and may be associated with restless sleep or insomnia.
Other complaints may include:
- mood changes
- poor concentration
- mental sluggishness
- ruminations about the accident
Source: Foreman SM, Croft AC. Whiplash Injuries. The Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome. 3rd edition. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2002
If you or someone you know are experiencing any of these symptoms after an accident, don't hesitate to call Dr. Harcourt at Coast Chiropractic Centers at (239) 278-3344. Remember, you only have 14 days after an accident to seek care or you can lose coverage!