This injury is most commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents, but whiplash can also occur with a sudden blow to the head from contact sports, or a slip or fall where the head is jarred or jolted.
The injury occurs when the head is thrown forward into hyperflexion and then backwards into hyperextension, thus causing torn anterior longitudinal and nuchal ligament damage. The severity of the pain will depend on the severity of the injury, although typically whiplash is not felt immediately at the time of the incident, but rather when the inflammation develops slowly over the following 12 to 24 hours and it is when this inflammation occurs that the pain is felt. It is best to keep the neck moving (gently) as much as possible and ice periodically for a couple of days and seek chiropractic aid.
Taking care of your health by preventative measures is always the best course of action. If you find yourself in discomfort please make an appointment with Mary Anne Lowery Chiropractor to discuss what assistance can be offered to you.
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