Causes, symptoms and treatment for whiplash

On behalf of Hyland Law Firm, LLC posted in Car Accidents on Friday, March 13, 2015.

On Kansas roads and around the country, whiplash due to car accidents may happen. Whiplash is any sudden and sharp neck movement that results in strain, causing damage to the ligaments, muscles and tendons of the neck and spine.

Whiplash can mean serious injury. Symptoms may not be noticed for up to 48 hours following the initial injury. Such symptoms of harm may include dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, trouble swallowing, headache and possibly pain and stiffness reaching down the upper body and arms. Some individuals may experience vertigo, a ringing in the ears or other disturbances.

Situations that could cause whiplash are typically sudden, making them often unforeseeable. Precautions to avoid increased injury are possible, such as wearing a seat belt while driving and putting the headrest at the correct height for the individual. It is important to stretch and exercise the injured area if a doctor suggests this. Avoiding activity, unless there is an injury requiring immobilization, is not conducive to the healing process in the case of whiplash. Muscle spasms often occur, and applying ice or heat may help. A chiropractor or physical therapist may also help to ease the pain. For example, physical therapists may suggest electrical stimulation or ultrasound techniques.

In a situation such as an auto accident that results in whiplash due to someone else's negligence, the injured party may have a claim for damages. A personal injury attorney may be able to help the injured party file a claim and aid them in receiving compensation for damages such as pain and suffering, medical expenses, vehicle damage and lost wages.

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