Whiplash

Whiplash is a term which describes injury to the neck caused by a sudden jerking of the neck. The mechanism of the injury is very important. Such as, the head being turned, awareness, seat belt and headrest height, double impacts, and blunt head force, etc.. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause. The most common symptoms are neck pain, headache, dizziness, numbness in arm or legs, referred pain into the shoulders and upper back, and back pain. Symptoms may appear directly after the accident, but may be felt days or weeks after the accident. A proper physical and neurological evaluation are most important in determining extent of the injury. A neck x-ray is very helpful in evaluating if a whiplash injury has occurred. Dr. DiDiano is a certified spine trauma specialist (CCST) for evaluation and management of whiplash injures.