Whiplash occurs when the neck is forcibly and violently bent backward and then forward (or vice versa). This causes injury to the soft tissues of the neck. These are the joints and ligaments that link your vertebrae together and allow you to flex your neck in a wide range of directions. Whiplash most commonly occurs when there is a very sudden acceleration or deceleration, such as in a car accident. Although, it is important to note that some degree of this injury occurs with head injuries.
Whiplash can encompass a wide array of specific neck injuries. Usually there is a minor sprain to ligaments of the neck. Sometimes there is also a partial dislocation of a joint. More seriously, a vertebrae of the neck could be fractured or a ligament may rupture. The classic symptom of whiplash is that the stiffness and pain in the neck are much more noticeable 24 hours after the injury has occurred, and may continue to worsen over a period of several days.
Other symptoms that can occur:
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Whiplash is commonly associated with car accidents. In particular, with those where a car is rear-ended by another vehicle. As previously mentioned, all head injuries involve a degree of whiplash. Additionally, whiplash is common in the following types of accidents:
As you can tell, whiplash doesn’t only occur in high speed car accidents. The problem is that there is no way to keep the neck from flexing with the force of impact. Even though you may have all the proper restraints and precautions while driving or partaking in other activities. Additional factors such as the position you were in at the time of the accident, height, safety measures, and the scale of the forces involved will all influence the severity of your injuries.
As a precaution, any head injury should be checked by a medical professional. Whiplash should be accessed for its severity and the possibility of long term damage. Since symptoms take hours to weeks to fully develop, you would want to rule out other causes as soon as you can. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re fine after a head or neck injury. Especially if you don’t feel bad in the immediate aftermath!
Most cases of whiplash are minor soft tissue damage and will get better on its own after several weeks. More severe cases can result in long-term pain and physical impairment. You may need physical therapy, pain management, or medical specialists. Especially if you have long-lasting symptoms.
If you or a loved one has experience whiplash symptoms, you may have legal grounds to seek compensation. Talk to a personal injury attorney that is committed to helping clients who have suffered whiplash injuries. Don’t delay! Call Clay now!