Whiplash Posted by Optimum Wellness January 20th, 2017

If you got whiplash in a motor vehicle accident, and are in need of treatment, you have options!

Understanding Whiplash

whiplashThe term “whiplash” is used to describe a “hyper” flexion/extension injury. In simple terms, the muscles, bones and connective tissue in the neck itself have made a whip-like motion bending first towards and then away from the point of impact causing varying degree’s of muscular pain, damage, and holding, which can lead to a variety of acute pain conditions. As the head moves rapidly in one direction, the muscles in the neck receive the message to contract. The momentum of the head can cause strain or sprain to the muscles and ligaments in the neck as the head reaches the end of its movement.

Motor vehicle accidents are the most common causes of whiplash. It is estimated that about 20 percent of people who have been in rear-end collisions later report whiplash symptoms. The most serious form of whiplash can compress nerves, herniate disc’s, and cause multiple sprains or sprains in the superficial and deep muscle layers.

Symptoms of Whiplash

The most common symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Headaches
  • Pain
  • Stiff Neck & Shoulders
  • Tingling/Numbness in Hands & Fingers
  • Limited Range of Motion in the Cervical Spine
  • Anxiety when Driving
  • Jaw clenching
  • Fatigue & Low Energy
  • Guarding/Protective Holding

What Now?

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, and are in need of treatment, you have options. Please visit Financial Services Commission of Ontario  on motor vehicle accidents for Ontario specific information regarding the health benefits you are entitled to from your insurance company.


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