If the rear driver cannot brake in time and rear-ends the other vehicle, the collision brings strong forces to bear on the driver’s neck. The region of the cervical spine is temporarily overstretched to a very high degree. As in the lash of a whip, the neck quickly moves forward and then back – causing whiplash trauma. The most frequent cause of such soft tissue injuries to the cervical spine is found in rear-ending accidents. In Germany alone, approx. 200 000 drivers suffer whiplash trauma due to accidents each year. However, martial arts, roller coasters and autoscooter rides as well as work accidents can also strain the soft tissues of the neck.
Headache after whiplash trauma
Severe headache and tension of the neck musculature are characteristic symptoms of whiplash trauma. The pain can radiate into the shoulders and arms; ear noises and dizziness are also possible in some cases. However the problems do not necessarily appear immediately after the accident. They often show themselves only after hours or even days.
Physiotherapy helps with whiplash trauma
Even though whiplash trauma usually heals within a few weeks without consequential damage, a thorough medical examination is necessary to exclude possible nerve injuries. It is particularly important to return to accustomed everyday activities as soon as possible after the accident and in consultation with the treating doctor, and to support recovery with physiotherapeutic exercises.