The Real Effects of Whiplash

Some people are often confused as to what is considered whiplash and how it affects the body. Whiplash may be caused by any motion similar to a rear-end collision in a motor vehicle. As the rest of your body slows down the head continues with its forward motion until stopped by ligament or muscle causing injury. Symptoms reported by sufferers include: pain and aching to the neck and back, referred pain to the shoulders, sensory disturbance (such as pins and needles) to the arms & legs and headaches. Symptoms can appear directly after the injury, but often are not felt until days afterwards. If you realize you are going to be rear-ended, to decrease the affects of whiplash keep your head facing forward and near the headrest. If you are suffering from whiplash, initially use ice and gentle neck stretches to relieve your symptoms. Also ensure you are sleeping properly either on your back or side with your neck in a neutral position.

If you are suffering from whiplash or other pain after a motor vehicle accident, make an injury claim through Manitoba Public Insurance, and contact your Winnipeg physiotherapist or Winnipeg athletic therapist to begin treatment in order to avoid chronic pain.


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