The term “whiplash” found its way into our vocabulary during the late 1920s. Prior to that, the expression “railway spine” adequately depicted a similar injury common to passengers involved in train derailments. The phrase “whiplash injury” defines damage to the bone structure and soft tissues, while “whiplash associated disorders” speaks to more acute and chronic disorder. Whiplash injuries are serious and need to be taken as such. Because the symptoms of can take weeks and even months to manifest, it is easy to erroneously assume you’ve escaped injury, when in reality, the reverse is true.
Case in point: by far, the most common neck injury is that of whiplash.
How does Whiplash Occur?
A sudden movement of the head; backward, forward, or sideways, can damage thesupporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back. Whiplash is usually the result of a rear-end collision while in a static position. Unfortunately, by the time serious complications have developed, much of the damage may have become permanent.
Numerous studies have shown that years after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims; roughly, half still suffer the symptoms of their injuries. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle, or any other kind of accident, don’t assume that you’ve escaped injury even though you are not in pain.
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