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Dealing With Whiplash: What You Need To Know

Incidents on the road can happen when you least expect them. The consequences of a car accident could affect you financially, physically and even psychologically. However, while car damage is usually apparent, bodily injuries may require a visit to the emergency room for an accurate diagnosis. These injuries could range from soft tissue damage, such as sprains and bruises, to more serious issues such as broken bones or whiplash.

Your neck has muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves that support the head and brain. If your brain is jerked rapidly or unexpectedly, the force can tear these ligaments and muscles — this is known as whiplash. Whiplash usually occurs when a person is in a stationary position and is suddenly jolted. It can have a severe impact on the body and in some cases result in long-term side effects.

Whiplash can affect more than just your neck. Since the head, back and shoulders are located in the same area, whiplash could lead to impairment, discomfort, chronic pain and even brain trauma if misdiagnosed or left untreated. It might also interfere with everyday activities and hinder your ability to work and sleep. Additionally, severe headaches, pinched nerves and memory problems may result from neglecting the damage.

If you have experienced whiplash, getting the proper treatment is a crucial step to a speedy recovery. A physician can treat neck injuries through chiropractic techniques and adjustments, massage therapy or other physical therapy practices. Check out the infographic for additional causes and symptoms of whiplash, as well as treatment options.

Author bio: Reid Zaritsky is Senior Vice President of Capital Auto Auction, a family-run business since 1988 that focuses on finding the right vehicles for families of all sizes. Zaritsky has been with the company since 2009, and has a background in science and engineering.


Infographic created by Capital Auto Auction, a virginia auto auction company


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