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Whiplash – an unexpected impact

 

Last updated 11/11/2021 at 6:38pm

Sometimes the body has a delayed response to whiplash, but it should not be ignored. Village News/Courtesy photo

Megan Johnson McCullough

Special to the Village News

Whiplash is caused by a forward or backwards jerking of the head. The most common cause is from being in a car accident. Symptoms don't always immediately present themselves, but tend to surface at least within 24 hours of the trauma. Soft tissue becomes damaged from the jerking motion to areas such as discs and other muscles and ligaments. The injury may not be detectable on a standard X-ray, but a doctor can perform CT scan or MRI to diagnose whiplash.

Some of the most common symptoms include the following:

1. Headaches

2. St...



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