Learn about the causes of Whiplash & find a practitioner in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to help you overcome Whiplash within New Zealand.
Whiplash is an injury most commonly associated with vehicle accidents or sports injuries, when the neck or back is thrown forwards or backwards at great speed, resulting in torn muscle fibres in the neck. Symptoms are pain & restricted motion in the neck.
Causes of whiplash
Whiplash symptoms may not be obvious at the time of the accident with
any swelling, bruising or pain not becoming apparent for 6-12 hours.
Pain and stiffness in the neck are usually worse one day after the
injury and may worsen in the proceeding days.
You may also experience a loss of movement in the neck along with tenderness and headaches. Whiplash injuries can also cause lower back pain, tingling in the arms and hands, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, tinnitus and balance problems.
Some people also find swallowing difficult but this usually passes within a short space of time. Severe whiplash can result in some memory loss and irritability.
Whiplash is usually diagnosed by its symptoms so you should visit your
GP as soon as possible after the accident or impact to your head.
If further complications such as spinal problems are suspected then you may be referred for an X-ray, MRI scan or CT scan.