Who here has been in a 🚗 car accident before? It's not fun for you or your body, especially for the neck. In some cases, depending on the severity of the car accident, it can cause a condition known as "whiplash" which is a type of sprain/strain to the tissues in the neck. Now you might be wondering what the difference is between sprain and strain:
☞Sprain-refers to injury to the ligaments that help link bones together.
☞Strain-refers to injury in the muscles and tendons.
Now technically, whiplash is classified as any rapid and forceful movement of the neck going foward and backwards as well as side to side. Many of us are familiar with it in the context of auto accidents, but it can also happen in 🏈 sports too.
Some common symptoms of whiplash include:
🚗neck pain that worsens with movement.
🚗stiffness with loss of neck range of motion.
🚗headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.
🚗tenderness in the shoulders, chest, and arms.
🚗tingling and numbess in the arms.
These symptoms can start to manifest about 24 hours after an accident or incident. The 🔑 key point you have to keep in mind is that your body has gone through a series of traumas in a short amount of time. Initially your muscles are going to🔒 lock up in order to stabilize you and to minimize pain and possible further 🤕 damage.
Get checked out FIRST!!! 🚨 Images are taken in the form of x-ray, MRI, CT, etc. to get a clearer picture of what is going inside you body to rule out any nasty or potentially life threatening injuries. Once you have been cleared medically, some general rules of thumb are to rest, ice/heat as necessary, and minimize activities that irritate you. I will go over some things you can do at home to help your neck out starting tomorrow!
Got a 🙋 friend who has gad whiplash? Tag them and show them some 😙 love.