Whiplash

By James Glendinning

The Injury (diagnosis)

Whiplash can be described as a sudden pain to the muscles, bones and nerves in the neck. The neck is made up of seven bones and they make up the cervical vertebrae.

This occurs after the head is vigorously moved back and forth. The affected neck nerve can cause a concussion too.

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Cures and medicine

Though there's not a complete cure for whiplash, there are ways to deal with it.

After an accident the patient may be taken to a doctor's office to be examined.

The doctor may put a collar on the neck to help support.

Patients should understand this is a real injury and they should be careful, though whiplash only takes a few weeks to heal itself.




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Causes

When whiplash happens, your head is violently jerked forward and backward.

A few of the many known causes of whiplash are auto accidents, in which the car is hit from the rear and jerking the head back too far, sports collisions, and headbanging.

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How it effects the muscular system

It over stretches the ligaments and neck muscles beyond their reach. It can also affect parts of the spine. It actually has a chance of effecting the nervous system, but that is much less likely.
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Symptoms

Symptoms of whiplash can be:


.neck pain

.neck stiffness

.back pain

.headache

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