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Have You Experienced Whiplash?

Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists provide Haymarket and Manassas, VA, patients with the care they need.

What is Whiplash?

It is the sudden extension or backward movement then forward movement of the spine. This trauma is called cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD) injury. Whiplash occurs most notable during rear-end or side-impact of car collisions, eventually causing injury: muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, and discs of the cervical spine.

Risk Factors

About three million people experience whiplash and 150,000 may suffer from a disability because of the injury. The following may affect recovering from whiplash:

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

There are several symptoms including: shoulder pain, facial pain, fatigue, confusion, poor concentration, irritability, difficulty sleeping, forgetfulness, visual problems, and numbness in arms, hands, legs, or feet.

Other symptoms include:

How does your doctor diagnose whiplash?

There are several tests used which include x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), digital motion x-ray (DMX), myelogram, a bone scan, and electromyogram.

If you think you're suffering from whiplash and need to speak with a doctor, make sure you contact Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Haymarket and Manassas, VA.

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