Car accidents can cause injuries, and whiplash is a common condition following a sudden impact. Whiplash occurs when your neck jerks too fast from movement. Healing from whiplash can take weeks, and in some cases, the condition can cause chronic and lasting pain.
According to Mayo Clinic, you might know if you have whiplash from a side impact accident if you experience the following symptoms:
- Pain and stiffness in your neck
- Neck pain with movement
- Decreased range of motion in your neck
- Headaches and migraines stemming from the base of your skull
- Fatigue or sleep disturbances
- Dizziness and blurred vision
- Tinnitus or a ringing in your ears
- Difficulty concentrating or memory problems
- Depression and irritability
- Tenderness, tingling, or numbness in your shoulders, upper back, and arms
You might be more likely to experience whiplash or suffer a worse outcome if you are older, had whiplash before, or have existing neck or back pain. You are also more likely to get whiplash if the accident occurred at high speed.
Your insurance company or the other driver’s provider may be responsible for your medical bills and related health care expenses.
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Diagnosing and Treating Whiplash
Following the accident, a doctor will need to evaluate your symptoms to diagnose you with whiplash. During the examination, the medical professional may test your neck’s:
- Range of motion.
- Tenderness and pain.
- Reflexes and strength.
He or she may also request image testing, such as x-rays, CT scans, or an MRI to look for fractures, dislocations, bone damage, and soft tissue injuries. For example, whiplash and neck injuries from crashes can cause damage to your spinal cord, ligaments, and disks.
Treatment for whiplash will depend on the extent of your injury. To decrease the pain of minor whiplash, your doctor may suggest rest, over-the-counter medication, and applying heat or cold to the area to decrease inflammation.
If you have a more severe injury, you may need prescription medications to control pain, muscle relaxants to unwind tight muscles, and injections to numb the area while completing physical therapy.
The goal of whiplash treatment is to return you to your normal activity. You may need treatments to handle the pain and increase your range of motion. Some alternative remedies can include massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic care.
Getting Legal Help for Your Whiplash
Your auto insurance company might cover your losses following an accident. You can also seek compensation from the other driver or their insurance company.
If you know you have whiplash from a side impact accident, you should first seek medical attention. After that, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine to speak to one of our representatives about the steps to take following an accident. Call us at 1-800-747-3733 for more information about side-impact accidents and seeking payment for injuries like whiplash.