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Whiplash

Whiplash can be a serious injury and can even result in long term medical problems if it is not diagnosed and treated properly. If you are suffering from whiplash, the key is to promptly seek medical treatment. You should be aware of the symptoms of whiplash, which may include:
  • Headaches;
  • Dizziness or blurred vision;
  • Neck, shoulder, and back pain;
  • Difficulties concentrating;
  • Tingling in your extremities such as your arms or hands; and
  • Unexplained fatigue

Although most people associate the term whiplash with auto accidents, it can also be caused by many other activities including those with much less impact. Any activity which causes your neck to extend and flex in an unnatural whipping motion can cause damage to your muscles and other soft tissues in the cervical area of your neck causing whiplash. Other activities where whiplash can occur include:
  • Winter related accidents such as slipping on ice or failing on the ski slope;
  • Injuries in contact sports such as basketball, football or hockey;
  • Any assaults which involve head trauma;
  • Child abuse; and
  • Repetitive stress injuries resulting from a poorly designed non-ergonomic work area

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