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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 | The Wellness Directory

Whiplash is a violent movement of the head away from the body caused by a sudden jerk or jolt. During an incident, the neck moves beyond its normal range of movement overstretching the muscles, ligaments and tendons.

The common cause of whiplash is from a car or motorcycle accident. The sudden stopping force of a collision throws the head forwards, backwards or sideways and away from the body. Even a collision at 6mph can result in a whiplash injury.

Another common cause of whiplash is during contact sports such as rugby and boxing. A sudden blow to head from a heavy object or slipping and falling can also cause the head to jolt forwards or backwards.

Children can experience whiplash if abused. If a child is shaken violently it can cause the head to jolt forwards, backwards and sideways placing excessive strain on the neck.


Symptoms 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.


Diagnosis of whiplash

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.

*Source: GoToSee.co.uk

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