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Can you get whiplash from rearending?

Can you get whiplash from rearending?

Yes: The typically mechanism of the whiplash syndrome to the neck is that of a rear end car accident when the driver of the car that is hit has the neck jerked backward and forward which can cause various injuries to the soft tissue of the neck. Most people do well and recover without permanent damage. A small percentage of people do have chronic problems though. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Whiplash (Definition)

Whiplash is a term for injuries to the neck due to sudden neck movements common in motor vehicle accidents. These injuries can cause pain or, if the spinal cord is damaged, weakness ...Read more


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Why do people get whiplash?

It is related to the: Design of our 12-14 pound head sitting on top of a long, flexible spine region without large enough muscles surrounding the bone structure to protect against all forces that the neck may be potentially exposed to such as in a car accident. ...Read more

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Had accident: what exactly happens when I get whiplash?

Had accident: what exactly happens when I get whiplash?

Cervical sprain: Whiplash is a nonmedical term used to describe neck pain following an injury to the soft tissues of your neck (specifically ligaments, tendons, and muscles). It is caused by an abnormal motion or force applied to your neck that causes movement beyond the neck's normal range of motion. Whiplash happens in motor vehicle accidents, sporting activities, accidental falls, and assault. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get minor whiplash from injuries other than car accidents?

Sure: Anything that causes the neck to hyperextend backward can cause whiplash symptoms. Falls, amusement park rides, sports like football are some of the other causes. ...Read more

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Some says whiplash starts hours after being rear ended, some says it can take months to develop? Some says many get chronic w, some says that's rare?

It depends: Whiplash or cervical strain is injury to the ligaments and supporting soft tissues of neck following sudden deceleration injury one can get symptoms immediately or overnight when you wake up after sleeping depending upon severity if the injury majority of the cases resolve in 4-6 weeks if the problem persists beyond this time then it is considered chronic neck pain hope that helped. ...Read more

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Which speed of crash do you get whiplash?

Which speed of crash do you get whiplash?

Even 5mph: Research has shown even accidents as slow as 5mph, as in backing into something in a local parking lot, can cause some degree of whiplash. ...Read more

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What is lowest speed of crash you get whiplash?

Unclear: I have seen neck injury from low speed accidents, about 5-7 mph. There are too many variables to sort out, such as the restraint devices, size of the vehicles, positioning at time of impact, etc. I think often these issues wind up in courtrooms, not in scientific research. ...Read more

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What is the lowest speed crash for you to get whiplash?

Varies: That depends alot on the physics involved including are you large or small, restrained or unrestrained, what position your head & neck is in, what size vehicle you are in & what size vehicle hits you, are the vehicles at the same height at the time of impact, is your vehicle moving or stopped, are either of the vehicles designed to absorb the energy of the impact rather than transmitting it ...Read more

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How can I tell if my whiplash after a car accident will get better?

How can I tell if my whiplash after a car accident will get better?

Evaluate first: Surgery complication rate anything from40-7o % cervical lysis procedure facet diagnostic blocks if indicated. Followed by radiofrequency ablation. In combination with neural flossing exercises. Best long term results. ...Read more

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