Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that occurs following a variety of accidents. Though it is commonly associated with car crashes and other road traffic accidents, any incident that causes a sudden movement of the head and neck can cause whiplash injuries. When you ask ‘how long do whiplash symptoms last for’ there are many variables to consider in regards to your severity of injuries.
How long do whiplash symptoms last for?
Whiplash is often seen as something of a trivial injury. Indeed, in the cases of accidents on the road, escaping with just whiplash injuries can be something of a relief. However, if you were to ask some people how long do whiplash symptoms last for, their reply would be years.
Indeed, a 2005 study by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Southmead Hospital in Bristol revealed that 71% of whiplash injury sufferers reported as still having symptoms 7 years after the accident occurring, and that it took a full two years for the whiplash itself to stabilise.
With regards to moderate whiplash injuries, most patients will reach a functional recovery by 18 – 24 months. Of course, this isn’t a hard rule and there are many variables – such as the physical health of the victim before the accident, the commitment to rehab etc., to consider.
Minor whiplash injuries – incurred following a small accident like a bumper-to-bumper car collision – can last for just a few days. Typical symptoms include pain in the neck and upper back, as well as headaches.
More serious whiplash injuries will carry the above symptoms, as well as pain in the lower back, severe headaches, disturbed vision, sleepless nights and other symptoms depending on the severity of the injuries.
Symptoms of chronic whiplash last for longer than six months. The required treatment will include painkillers and physiotherapy.
So, clearly there are too many variables to consider to be able to give a definitive answer to the question ‘How long do whiplash symptoms last for?’
Can I claim?
Whatever the extent of your injuries, it can be comforting and reassuring to know that, if the accident was not your fault, you may be due financial compensation as a result of your suffering.
If your accident occurred within the last three years, you can use the Accident Advice Helpline 30-second claim test to establish your eligibility to claim.
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Date Published: February 19, 2017
Author: Accident Advice