Whiplash refers to a stretching of the tendons in the neck, tough, fibrous bands that connect muscle to the bone. Whiplash is caused by a sudden, violent movement of the neck backwards, forwards or even sideways. Whiplash is a term that is most commonly associated with road traffic accidents, it can however be caused by a number of things such as contact sports.
It is extremely hard to diagnose whiplash and a diagnosis can normally only be made via a description of your symptoms to your doctor. There are a number of advancements in medical technology that are currently in prototype that may help to accurately diagnose whiplash, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging. However, this technology is still in its infancy and is not yet readily available. This means that it’s important to know the common symptoms of whiplash, so that your doctor may be able to diagnose and treat it effectively.
Five common symptoms of whiplash injuries
- Neck pain – The pain of a whiplash injury can range from a dull ache to excruciating pain.
- Tenderness – You may find that your neck has become extremely tender or sensitive to pain.
- Stiffness – A whiplash injury may cause your neck to become stiff or difficult to move.
- Reduced Movement – Slightly different from stiffness, you may find that you have a reduced range of movement in your neck, i.e. being unable to turn it to the side.
- Spasms – Some people may experience muscle spasms in the neck as the result of whiplash.
Claiming for compensation as the result of a whiplash injury
If you’ve been injured with the last 3 years as the result of whiplash, perhaps from a road traffic collision, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. We boast over 10 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation, including car accident claims. All of our claims are made on a 100% no-win-no-fee* basis. The majority of our claims are settled outside court, meaning that many of our clients will not have to go through the stressful experience of making a court appearance. Making a claim for compensation may not alleviate your symptoms, but it can help to deal with the unforeseen financial difficulties that arise as the result of an accident.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice