Where you recently in an accident? If you were, you might be suffering from a myriad of injuries that might not have presented itself immediately after the accident. One common injury that does this is Whiplash.
What Is This Condition?
Whiplash is something that is fairly common, but people don’t always treat it because they think they are just suffering from sore muscles from being tense during the accident. Whiplash happens when you’re in a vehicle and are hit from behind while the vehicle isn’t moving causing the neck to move rapidly back and forth. It can also be caused by a sports injury.
Symptoms Of Whiplash
If any of these things are present after an accident, even if it’s a few days later, then you need to speak with your doctor.
- Stiffness and/or pain in shoulders
- Visual disturbances
- Weakness in arms
- Back pains
- Jaw pain
- Neck stiffness and pain when moving
- Loss of range of motion
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
- Rining in the ears
- Memory Problems
There are also symptoms that come from “whiplash associated disorder” that you need to watch out for. They include anxiety, PTSD, drug dependency, stress, and any kind of disturbances to your mental health that came on after your accident. It’s reported that 30% of whiplash cases end up with whiplash associated disorder.
What Happens After An Accident?
If you had a bad accident and had to go to the hospital, they will run a few tests and may be able to diagnose you there. Tests include X-Rays, CT scans, and MRIs. These tests are to rule out any kind of injury that is far more serious than dealing with whiplashes, such as broken vertebrae, spinal fracture, or concussion.
Recovery time can be a few weeks to a few months and may involve expensive pain medication and physical therapy to increase the strength of your neck muscles. You will need to rest, ice your neck, wear a cervical collar, take muscle relaxants, prescription pain killers, and in some cases pain injections. You will have to perform routine neck exercises such as rolling your neck from side to side and rolling your shoulders.
Alternative treatments to whiplash include acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage therapy, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). We do recommend visiting a doctor to make sure you are getting proper treatment before resorting to alternative care.
Don’t Ignore The Warning Signs
With whiplash, you have to work on moving your neck around regularly or else you are going to end up worsening the problem. It has been shown that excessive rest and not moving can cause chronic symptoms that include losing your range of motion and feeling consistent pain.
If you have been a victim of a car accident or any other kind of accident that caused to you get the medical condition known as whiplash, don’t hesitate to contact a lawyer. You might be entitled to compensation to help you pay for your medical expenses, recover lost wages and money for suffering from the emotional trauma of not being healthy.