Whiplash Trauma Recovery - Dr. Drew Hall Los Angeles
Whiplash injuries wreak havoc on the Upper Cervical Spine often resulting in numerous health conditions. Many people suffer for years following car accidents, never realizing that the ATLAS vertebra at the top of the neck being out of position is causing their health conditions.
Frequent Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash symptoms can be so minor that they go away within a few days. The symptoms may get chronic and varied, ranging to psychological and cognitive issues. Symptoms may manifest after the collision that is acceleration-deceleration, or they may take days or a few hours to appear.
Oftentimes the exact cause remains symptoms despite the best methods of today. Due to the complexity of whiplash symptoms and the number, they are sometimes referred to disorders.
Common Whiplash Symptoms
Some of the common symptoms of whiplash include:
Neck pain. The pain could range anywhere from mild to severe. It may be found in one spot or area, or it could radiate the shoulder down. Neck pain from whiplash is caused by ligament sprains or muscle strains, but injuries can also cause it to discs, nerves, joints.
Neck stiffness or decreased range of movement. Reduced neck mobility may be from pain, tightening of a muscle, or a mechanical problem, such as with a joint.
Headache. A neck muscle tightening or a joint or nerve of the cervical spine becoming irritated could cause headaches.
Neck instability. This whiplash symptom commonly results from stretched or torn soft tissues, like ligaments. Although, it could be brought on by a fracture.
Shoulder and/or upper back pain. When the neck's soft tissues, like muscles or ligaments, are torn or strained during whiplash, then sometimes that pain may also be referred to other soft tissues at the upper back and shoulders. Radiating tingling, weakness, or tingling.
Sometimes endometriosis may cause among their neck's spinal nerve roots to become compacted or inflamed, which may result in cervical radiculopathy symptoms of tingling, fatigue, or numbness radiating down the shoulder, arm, hand, or palms. In rare instances, it may be felt on either side if more than 1 nerve root is affected, although typically radiculopathy is felt on one side of their body. Anywhere from 1 whiplash symptom all the way up to symptoms can pose at the same time. Symptoms can come and go at times.
Whiplash Symptoms and Associated DisordersOther disorders can include:
Dizziness. Whiplash-related dizziness may be from neck instability or just a concussion (mild traumatic brain injury).
Vision problems. Blurry vision or other visual deficits could result from numerous causes, such as concussion or damage to a nerve. A vision problem could give rise to dizziness.
Emotional changes. Someone may become more irritable, anxious, or even depressed. It can be tough to know if these changes are due to a concussion, post-traumatic anxiety syndrome, pain in the neck trauma, or stress from the accident's aftermath that could include litigation, financial worries, or the participation of loved ones that were also hurt.
Ringing in ears. Also called tinnitus, this ringing or buzzing in one or both ears may range from irregular and minor to continuous and extremely distracting. Any number of issues from whiplash could cause tinnitus, like an injury to the portion of the brain which controls hearing, nerve or vascular damage, jaw injury, or even anxiety.
Trouble getting good sleep. An individual might find it hard to fall asleep or remain asleep. These issues with waking refreshed and sleeping may be a result of various aspects, such as anxiety pain, or concussion.
Fatigue. Insufficient energy could be linked to difficulty sleeping, depression, anxiety, pain, concussion, or several other causes. Memory and/or concentration issues. It is possible for a person to create cognitive symptoms after a whiplash injury.
These issues could involve difficulty with thinking or memory. These symptoms start after the accident, or they may not appear until days or hours. Problems might be from a brain injury, or they are related to several kinds of stress.
Challenges with chewing, swallowing, or talking. Occasionally trauma to muscles around the jaw can cause chewing or yawning to be debilitating. Difficulty swallowing. Injury to the larynx or esophagus could make swallowing painful or more challenging.