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What Is Whiplash ? When there is an injury to muscles, ligaments and soft tissue in the neck is termed as whiplash. Whiplash is not a medical term but it is still the most commonly used term for such a neck injury.
Whiplash is also known as neck sprain or cervical sprain because it is a direct result of the neck being forced out of its normal range of motion.
Causes Of Whiplash When the soft tissue in the spine is stretched and strained with sudden, violent, backward jerk of the head or neck. Most whiplash injuries are the result of a collision that includes sudden acceleration or deceleration like Motor vehicle accidents or Sports injury or Injury can occur in other strenuous physical activities physical activities such as diving.
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Diagnosis Of Whiplash
Diagnosis of whiplash is based on background of injury, patient’s symptoms and medical history. Whiplash is usually diagnosed on the basis of physical examination Usually whiplash cannot be seen on an X-ray , CT scan and MRI scan until the injury is severe. An X-ray is taken if there is suspicion of a fracture or dislocation of the cervical spine.
Treatment Of Whiplash
Non Surgical Treatment If there is no dislocation or fracture the patient should do exercises and pursue the normal activities as soon as possible. For most of the people injury will simply pass after a short period. Medicines like Paracetamol and NSAIDs (non steroidal inflammatory drugs) can be given for short period of time when there is headache and neck pain. Ice and heat are good treatments for common muscular injuries. Ice is recommended for first 48hours, followed by wet heat. The ice will reduce swelling and heat will increase circulation to the injury and speed up healing process.
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Surgical Treatment Of Whiplash If the patients intervertebral disc is ruptures and because of this there is persistent arm pain, numbness or weakness. In this case, disc removal is necessary. The surgeon removes all or part of the damaged disc in a process called Discectomy. After the discectomy doctor may need to permanently stabilize the area, this can happen with spinal fusion that help to form two or more vertebrae together for permanently.
Surgery is also required if injury causes a narrowing of spinal canal in your neck. If there is narrowing of the space where the nerve exists the spinal canal, a cervical Forminotomy may be performed. The formina is removed to increase the size of nerve pathway in forminotomy.
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