Whiplash

Whiplash Injury x-RayWhiplash tends to be used as a broad term to cover a mixture of injuries. These include sprains, strains and joint trauma. Bone fractures, herniated discs, and concussion are commonly seen along with these soft tissue injuries and so are often treated simultaneously. Other structures often involved are cervical and thoracic vertebrae, intervertebral discs, facet joints, blood vessels, cranial and cervical nerve roots and spinal cord. More often than not whiplash is associated with car accidents or contact sports where the head whips backward and then forward in rapid succession.

Symptoms of whiplash vary according to the nature of the injury. In most cases there is no pain or restriction in range of motion immediately following the injury but pain and stiffness develop gradually over 24 to 48 hrs. Heat edema and spasm also develop over this time frame with more severe injuries producing more severe symptoms. There is tenderness at the site of injury and depending on direction of impact pain can be referred into the shoulders and arms along with numbness and weakness.

Additionally symptoms can include: deafness, dizziness, headache, memory loss, nausea, TMJ pain, tinnitus and difficulty swallowing. Symptoms can last for months and even years causing progressive discomfort and pain leading to a life of misery.

After medical assessment has cleared any neurological, vascular, fracture or dislocation damage then massage work is recommended to balance the autonomic nervous system, release trigger points and reduce muscle tension.


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