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Whiplash and whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) can be exhibited as a range of injuries to the neck caused by or related to a sudden distortion of the neck called extension. Although it is commonly associated with rear-impact motor vehicle accidents, the injury can be sustained in many other ways, including falls from bicycles, chairs and stools, or even horses. It is one of the main injuries covered by car insurers.
You may notice an immediate pain and aching, or nothing at all in the beginning stages. Whiplash can gradually invade your life with headaches, back and neck pain, memory loss and weakness in limbs. Mild to progressively severely disability has been reported.
Mild or intense neck pain
Stiffness and tension, inability to rotate the head
Mild or intense headaches
Migraines, sensory deficits with hearing and smell
Trouble controlling limbs, loss of balance
Cerebral blood flow interruption causing dizziness
Pain moving or lifting the arms
Dislocation, spinal damage, herniated disc symptoms
What To Do
X-rays, films, and other tests, such as CT scan, MRI scan, and electromyography can be used to further define the exact causes of sciatica. The image and resolution produced by MRI is quite detailed and can detect tiny changes of structures within the body. For some procedures, contrast agents, such as gadolinium, are used to increase the accuracy of the images.