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Byline: (EDITORS: Note time element in 7th graf.) By Judith Blake
By Judith Blake
SEATTLE _ It's a real pain in the neck.
And it visits an estimated 800,000 Americans every year. That's how many get whiplash injuries, usually from rear-end collisions on the highway.
Unfortunately, you could easily find yourself joining them, given that our highways annually see an estimated 3 million rear-enders and 6.2 million accidents of all kinds.
If whiplash visits you, here's some of what it could whip up: neck pain and stiffness, headaches, shoulder pain, low-back pain, dizziness, muscle spasms, numbness in an arm or hand, ringing in the ears, sleep disturbances and irritability. Not to mention frustration, disabling pain, lost work days, even depression, when these symptoms settle in for a long stay.
The problem is not being ignored, however. …