The exact injury mechanism that causes whiplash injuries is unknown. A whiplash injury may be the result of impulsive stretching of the spine, mainly the ligament: anterior longitudinal ligament which is stretched or tears, as the head snaps forward and then back again causing a whiplash injury.
Whiplash may be caused by any motion similar to a rear-end collision in a motor vehicle, such as may take place on a roller coaster or other rides at an amusement park, sports injuries such as skiing accidents, other modes of transportation such as airplane travel, or from being hit, kicked or shaken. Shaken baby syndrome can result in a whiplash injury.
Symptoms reported by sufferers include: pain and aching to the neck and back, referred pain to the shoulders, sensory disturbance (such as pins and needles) to the arms & legs and headaches. Symptoms can appear directly after the injury, but often are not felt until days afterwards. Whiplash is usually confined to the spinal cord, and the most common areas of the spinal cord affected by whiplash are the neck, and the mid-back (middle of the spine).
Depending on the nature and severity of any continuing symptoms, the doctor may refer the patient to another Doctor of Chiropractic who specializes in the rehabilitation of these types of injuries. The doctor may also encourage physical therapy and monitor the patient for other injuries that may have been aggravated. Until you can see a doctor you might want to ice down the trouble areas using a wrapped cloth and null the pain with an over the counter pain killer. Many people take rest for granted but the truth is getting proper rest can help your mental mind state become clearer which in turn will help you cope with your ailments much better leading to a faster recovery period.
Are you worried about the medical bills? Minnesota is a No Fault state which means that every Minnesota auto insurance policy includes Personal Injury Protection regardless of who is at fault. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you automatically have coverage to get your injuries