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Posted on 04-15-2016

Whiplash: What is It?

Many people who are involved in a car accident experience whiplash, but most people do not know how to identify the symptoms. As such, understanding the symptoms of whiplash and how it is diagnosed is an important first step in getting the problem treated.

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What are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

People who experience whiplash may develop a neck-related headache, which is referred to as a cerviogenic headache. This may be caused by an injury to the facet joint, an upper cervical disc or the upper joints. Whiplash can also cause your arms to feel heavy due to the nerve compression caused by a herniated disc. You may also experience pain in your arms, which is caused by the pressure placed on your nerve. 

If your discs, sacroiliac joints or facet joints were injured in the accident, you may also experience lower back pain. Other symptoms of whiplash include difficulty with concentration or memory, which may be associated with the pain itself or the medication you are taking. You may also experience irritability, depression, sleep disturbance, fatigue, ringing in the ears, blurry vision and tingling in the face. 

Diagnosing Whiplash

To diagnose whiplash, a healthcare professional will discuss your symptoms and how the injury occurred. You will also undergo a physical examination and testing, which will then be used to help determine how to best treat the problem. 

If you are covered by Banner insurance car accident treatment is likely to be included in your policy. Contact the professional medical team at Advanced Spine & Rehab to learn more about how we can help.

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