If you are of a certain age, you may remember seeing people wearing neck braces after suffering whiplash in a car accident. There was a time when this was the standard treatment. The idea was to give the neck time to rest and recover from the accident, and to ensure you didn’t move it too much. However, is wearing a neck brace after whiplash still considered to be a good idea?
What do you think?
A recent survey conducted on our behalf questioned people on whether they thought a neck brace was a good idea. 54% of people thought it was better to keep the neck mobile, while the remaining 46% thought that a neck brace was the best solution. As you can see, this was a fairly even split, so who was right?
In truth, the type of treatment recommended does not now include wearing a neck brace after whiplash. Instead, it is better to keep moving your neck, and to perform a series of gentle exercises. Your GP can recommend what you should and shouldn’t do, and how to make sure you can achieve a speedy recovery. Suffering whiplash is never a nice experience, but the more you can do to ensure you get better quickly, without overdoing it, the easier it will be to recover.
What should you do if you have experienced whiplash in an accident?
If this has happened within the last three years, it might be worth finding out whether you could make a claim to get some compensation for whiplash and any other injuries you might have suffered. The best way to do this is by calling Accident Advice Helpline. We’ve created a free enquiry line specifically to use in situations just like these. Call now on 0800 689 0500 to make good use of it.
If you are in a position to make a no win, no fee* claim, we can advise you of this. One of our lawyers could then take on your case if you want to go ahead. We’ll let you know what happens and when, so you will always be kept in the loop regarding your situation. There is nothing to lose by finding out more, as our advice is given on a no-obligation basis. Who knows, you could be in the ideal position to claim compensation for whiplash and other injuries as well.
Date Published: May 3, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead