How Whiplash Can Affect Your Brain
Most people recognize that whiplash is a common injury after an automobile accident. It's the result of having your neck snapped violently back or to the side as the result of a hard impact. But what many don't realize is that whiplash can affect more than your neck. It can -- and often does -- result in mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) as well!
If you've suffered whiplash as the result of an auto accident, you already know what a (pardon the expression) "pain in the neck" it can be! But you may be suffering other symptoms that are indicative of a mild traumatic brain injury without realizing it. If you're experiencing any of the following symptoms, it's a good idea to see your doctor who can order a CT scan or an MRI to take a closer look at the true extent of your whiplash injury...
- brain fog
- sleep disturbances
- unexplained irritability
- issues with memory, focus or attention
- fear and other emotional issues
- blurred vision
Why it Happens
Your brain is protected by your skull, but having it "jostled" around and impacting the bony ridges, shelves and other protrusions that make up your skull can cause some real damage. Aside from that, the cranial nerves -- the nerves that exit the brain -- can be sheared or even completely severed depending on how severe your whiplash actually is. Some of the symptoms listed above can also be caused by injury to neck muscles and joints that connect to the brain and feed it information that is related to your sense of equilibrium and balance. When those functions are disturbed, other brain functions can also be affected negatively as a result.
What to Ask Your Doctor
If you suspect that you've sustained mTBI as a result of your whiplash, ask your doctor about ordering one or more of the following tests:
- neurological evaluation
- eye test with videomystamography (VMG)
- cognitive testing
- quantitative EEG (qEEG)
- psychological evaluation
Consider Contacting a Good Attorney
If your injuries were sustained due to the negligence of another driver, it's important to contact a competent personal injury law firm such as Power and Brown in Anchorage, Alaska. We were voted the best personal injury law firm in the state of Alaska in 2016. Contact us today and let us get started on getting you the justice you deserve!