Motor Vehicle Accidents & Injuries

The most common injury from a car accident is whiplash. This injury is caused by the head falling forward on impact, then whipping back as the car come to a sudden stop. 

Whiplash-associated disorder (WAD) is the term given for the collection of symptoms affecting the neck that are triggered by an accident with an acceleration–deceleration mechanism such as a motor vehicle accident. The incidence of whiplash injury varies greatly between different parts of the world with significant monetary burden on the individual as well as the wider community.

Signs and symptoms of whiplash usually develop within days of the injury, and may include:

Neck pain and stiffness

Worsening of pain with neck movement

Loss of range of motion in the neck

Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull

Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms

Fatigue

Dizziness

Some people also have:

Blurred vision

Ringing in ears (tinnitus)

Sleep disturbences

Irritability

Difficulty concentrating

Memory Problems

Depression

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