While many people may experience whiplash symptoms following a car accident, failure to properly diagnose or receive treatment can result in serious, long-term injuries and consequences. As the symptoms of whiplash progress, a seemingly small injury can go on to have long-term and long-lasting effects. So here are a few things you need to know about whiplash and how it can impact your life.
What is whiplash and how does it happen?
Whiplash, sometimes referred to as a Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration injury or CAD, is a soft-tissue neck injury caused by a severe jerk to the head, often caused by a rear-end collision – though any sudden movement of the head and neck can cause whiplash.
It happens when your head is violently thrust forward and then back again or severely rotated to the side, causing damage to the soft tendons, ligament, discs and muscles in your neck as a result of being pulled beyond their natural range of motion.
What are the most common causes of whiplash?
- Automobile and bicycling accidents
- Physical abuse
- Contact sports such as football, boxing or martial arts
- Amusement park rides
- Horseback riding
- Falls which cause a severe jerk to the head
- Blunt-force head trauma
When do whiplash symptoms usually present themselves?
Whiplash can usually be felt 12 hours following an accident, with full symptoms appearing a few days later.
What are the long-term effects of whiplash?
The symptoms of whiplash can last for days, weeks, months or even years, depending on the severity of the injury to the soft tissue. Whiplash lasting six months or more is considered chronic whiplash.
What are the symptoms of chronic whiplash?
- Pain and stiffness in the neck or shoulders
- Upper or lower back pain
- Travel anxiety
- Numbness or weakness in the arms or legs
- Jaw pain
- Severe headaches
- Difficulty sleeping
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurred vision
- Constant weariness
- Concentration and memory problems
How is long-term whiplash treated?
Chronic whiplash and can be treated with prescription medications, muscle relaxants, physiotherapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage, and electronic nerve stimulation.
Whiplash symptoms can be difficult to document medically with scans or x-rays, making it difficult to obtain fair compensation following an accident. So if you or someone you know is suffering from whiplash as the result of an accident, don’t hesitate to contact John Castro at Anton Castro Law anytime – day or night – for an experienced personal injury attorney dedicated to ‘Representing Your Best Interests.’