Whiplash Pain

Whiplash Pain

Every car accident is different and the vectors of force and intensity of injury vary extensively. Your body does react predictably and that is what we can depend on and how we can deliver dependable results. Right after an accident your body goes into shock even if you don’t realize it. Those primal reactions of fight or flight kick in immediately and many times disguise your true symptoms for hours, days, or weeks.

Some of the standard symptoms you will experience are swelling around the injured tissues and soreness. If you feel the front of your neck you can typically feel one side or both of the SCM’s (sternocleidomastoid muscles)[ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sternocleidomastoid_muscle] will be sore. These muscles can be so stressed from the accident that you may not be able to pick up your head. You will also feel some soreness at the base of the occiput bone, which is the base of your skull in the back of your head. Sometimes you will feel pulled muscles in the upper back and tightness in the trapezius muscles [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trapezius] on one or both sides.

Headaches are common and can cause a generalized pain throughout your head or be very focalized. Do your best to drink plenty of water to help your body hydrate the injured areas and carry away toxins as well. Water can help prevent headaches to a point, as your body will require more water in a stressful situation. Think about how your mouth got dry when you needed to give a speech in high school.

Tingling in your arms and hands is especially common in more severe whiplash injuries and should be evaluated as soon as possible. Some refer to this type of tingling as a temporary partial paralysis and it is a strong indicator of trauma.

If you are experiencing bizarre symptoms including but not limited to, loss of memory, increasing pressure in your head, dizziness, or other symptoms of head trauma [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_injury]call your primary care provider or have someone drive you to the emergency room.

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