Why Is Whiplash Pain Often Delayed?

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries after an accident, especially an auto accident where you are rear-ended. Whiplash is caused by a sudden, violent jerking of the head back and forth, which overextends the neck muscles and soft tissues, causing small tears and injuries. This can lead to severe pain, dramatic reduction in range of motion, and significant impairment to a person’s ability to complete the activities of everyday life.

However, many whiplash sufferers feel fine just after the accident and even refuse medical attention. If whiplash is so bad, why doesn’t it show up immediately after being hurt? (more…)

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