Overview on Whiplash Symptoms
One must know what a whiplash injury is. It is not exactly like being lashed by a whip. Whiplash injury is actually a non-medical term for the injury caused by the acceleration and deceleration of the cervix (“Cervical-Acceleration-Deceleration or CAD). While CAD refers to the mechanism, “Whiplash Associated Disorders” is the term used for the injury itself and the so-called whiplash symptoms.Axstn
Whiplash symptoms usually begin to show right after a person experiences a collision from the rear of a motorcycle that he’s riding in. Not only after motorcycle vehicles do whiplash symptoms happen, even on collisions on a car, a simple fall, assault, or any other collision that can cause impact may result into such cases. In fact, the whiplash problem weren’t called as such until 1928 – a few years after the invention of motorcycles and back then, it was still called “railroad spine.” When after a strong impact to the neck, the soft tissues on it will be damaged and these damages create the need for adequate rest and recovery.
The symptoms, like most muscular damages, are just few, simple, and very easy to notice. These symptoms and signs may occur right after the collision impact has occurred to even several minutes after it. One thing that you have to remember when you begin to experience whiplash symptoms is that the sooner you experience them after the impact, the more like it is to lead to some more serious damage.
The most prominent of all whiplash symptoms is the pain on the neck itself. Along with this pain would come a considerable swelling on the neck part which does not necessarily have to be painful when touched. The swelling on the neck would usually feel soft when you try to touch it. Further the symptoms include spasms on the muscles on the side or at the back of your neck. This means that either or both the side and back muscles of your neck should have involuntary contraction, which is not really usual on the neck muscles. A person experiencing whiplash symptoms may also feel headache during the period. Also, during that time, the pain that occurs at the neck extends even up to the shoulders or even down to his arm.