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Common Causes Of Whiplash

Whiplash is a common type of injury which occurs when a person’s neck moves in a sudden acceleration-deceleration force.  Although the injury is not life threatening, it can lead to partial disability and a great deal of discomfort.

Whiplash injuries can occur in many ways.  However road traffic accidents are the most common cause of whiplash.

Whiplash is prevalent in road accidents because while seatbelts restrain the body, the head and neck move freely, resulting in a violent forward and backward movement of the neck and head causing whiplash.  Whiplash injuries are mainly sustained in rear-end collisions, but head on collisions, sideways collisions, and low speed impact can also cause the injury.

Apart from road accidents, there are numerous other causes of whiplash. Here’s a look at some of them.

Physical abuse – being punched or shaken violently can cause whiplash.  Child abuse is also a major cause of the injury.

Sports accidents – contact sports such as rugby and football can cause whiplash.  Snowboarding and skiing accident can also result in the injury.

Slips and trips – although it is rare, but slips and trips can cause whiplash.  Slips and trips are the most common types of accidents affecting people today as they can happen at anytime and at anyplace where there are slipping and tripping hazards present.

Falls from heights – workers on construction sites are at a high risk of sustaining whiplash injuries.  This is because the risk of falls from scaffolding and other raised areas and platforms are the greatest in construction sites.  Aside from whiplash, workers can sustain a range of other injuries due to falls from heights.  These can include head injuries, spinal cord injuries, lacerations, concussions, brain injuries, broken bones, strains and sprains and fractures.

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