Cervical Strain or "Whiplash" After a Rear Impact Car Accident

Cervical strain or "Whiplash" is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip. Whiplash most often occurs during a rear-end auto accident.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/whiplash/basics/definition/con-20033090

Signs and symptoms of whiplash normally develop within 24 hours of the injury. However, it is not unusual for symptoms to be hidden immediately and for even hours after a collision. Cervical Strain symptoms include:

• Neck pain and stiffness

• Worsening of pain with neck movement

• Loss of range of motion in the neck

• Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull

• Tenderness or pain in shoulder, upper back or arms

• Tingling or numbness in the arms

• Fatigue

• Dizziness

Some people also experience:

• Blurred vision

• Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

• Sleep disturbances

• Irritability

• Difficulty concentrating

• Memory problems

• Depression

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/whiplash/basics/symptoms/con-20033090

You should see your doctor if you experience any neck pain or other whiplash symptoms following a car accident, sports injury or other traumatic injury. It is important to get a prompt and accurate diagnosis and to rule out fractures or other tissue damage that may be contributing to symptoms.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a rear-impact car accident or any auto accident, you should take action quickly and contact us to set up a free consultation with Rich Hitz.

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