When you think of the pain normally associated with whiplash, your immediate thought will be pain experienced in the neck region. A fall or impact can make the head jerk unnaturally in an odd direction. This means the soft tissues inside the neck can be sprained. This means they are moved and stretched far more so than normal. However, you can easily suffer whiplash upper back pain as well.
This pain might be experienced in terms of pain across your shoulders. It may even reach lower than this. It is also common to have pain and discomfort in your arms. Muscle spasms might also be included in this instance.
How can you alleviate whiplash upper back pain?
A proper diagnosis, courtesy of your normal GP, is a good idea to begin with. They will examine you and ask what happened, and use the information to confirm whether you have whiplash. Do mention the pains you are getting and where they are happening, as this will help in their diagnosis.
They may prescribe medication to help with muscle spasms and pain, but often over-the-counter painkillers will be sufficient to help in this way. Hot and cold packs can also help, but use cold ones to start with and after a couple of days, progress to heat packs to help with swelling and discomfort. It is also important to be as mobile as you can, without overdoing it. Being immobile can make the condition last longer and slow your recovery, too. Paying attention to what your GP says is very important in helping you towards a good recovery.
Do you have grounds to make a claim?
This is a question many people ask when they find themselves in a similar situation. Suffering whiplash upper back pain is no fun, and it can potentially make it harder to get on with your everyday life. Even when recovery is completed within weeks or months, that period can be tough on the person suffering.
We’re proud to say our lawyers have won compensation for many people who incurred similar injuries due to another person’s negligence. The team at Accident Advice Helpline can take your call and answer your questions on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 for mobile callers. Isn’t it time you knew whether you have a right to make a no-win, no-fee* claim for compensation?
Category: Back injury claim