What is whiplash?

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Disclaimer:  This is not medical advice.  We are not doctors, nor have ever claimed to be able to diagnose whiplash.  This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical or legal advice.

Whiplash from an Accident?

WebMD describes whiplash as a neck sprain or strain.  More specifically, it states that In whiplash, the intervertebral joints (located between the vertebrae), discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots may become damaged.  Sounds painful, and it is.  During an accident, whiplash is generally caused by the abrupt movement of the neck, most commonly at impact of two vehicles.  Any jerking or jolted movement of the neck back and forth can cause the symptoms of whiplash.  It is important that after a collision that you get medical attention to deal with any issues it may have caused.  Keep in mind that the symptoms of whiplash, or any injury for that matter, may rear its ugly head after 24 hours from the time of your accident, and sometimes even longer.

The symptoms to look out for with whiplash (again, according to WebMD)

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain or numbness in the arm or hand
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Irritability, sleep disturbances or fatigue

The treatment for whiplash is determined by a doctor after reviewing the severity of your case.  However, treatment can include pain relievers, exercises, physical therapy, massages, heat, ice and even sometimes injections.  You should rely on the medical profession to plot out a plan for you.

Soft-tissue Injury is What?

In terms of your accident claim, whiplash is a “soft-tissue” injury.  What that means is that no bones were broken and no skin was cut open.  It also means that it may be difficult to diagnose and usually can not be seen on standard x-rays.  This makes it more difficult for an accident victim to prove their injuries when providing this information to insurance adjusters.  The best thing you can do for yourself as the accident victim is to always get checked out by a medical professional and follow their advice.  The information that your medical provider can be submitted to the insurance company as evidence of an injury.

Injuries from an Accident

Whiplash is only one of the injuries that you can receive in an auto accident.  If you have any questions or if you or your loved one has been in an accident, feel free to reach out to us.  We provide free consultations and will get you the information you need to begin to put your life back together.

To see what you can do to help prevent injuries due to a rear end collision check out this blog post here.

Source: Webmd.com