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Thoracic Whiplash

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What is it?

Thoracic Whiplash is an injury sustained to the upper back as a result of a sudden movement of the head, damaging ligaments and tendons in the neck. It commonly occurs from car accidents, trauma, or falls.

Symptoms

• Neck Pain • Upper back Stiffness • Headaches • Muscles Spasms • Pins and needles radiating into shoulders and arms

When to see a doctor or consider surgery?

You should see a doctor if symptoms are sever, that do not improve over time and/or worsen. Surgery is not usually required, but can be considered if non surgical treatments do not relieve symptoms. If you experience any 'Red Flags' (Symptoms requiring immidiate attention) you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

How is it diagnosed?

Diagnosis is usually attained through descriptions of symptoms and sometimes a physical examination of the neck and its range of movements. Scans may be performed if a fracture is suspected.