Whiplash is often a misunderstood condition. Some people mistakenly think people are faking it or exaggerating the symptoms because the condition can sometimes take hours or even a couple of days to emerge.
Therefore it is important that people note their symptoms and get appropriate treatment when making a claim.
Why is it called whiplash?
The term whiplash refers to the jerking motion as people knock their heads backwards. It is often associated with car accidents. However it can equally happen when you fall over or if you lose your balance and whip your neck back in order to try and stop yourself falling over.
- Pain, stiffness and loss of movement in the neck.
- Inflammation and bruising in the neck muscles.
- It hurts when you try to move your neck.
- Severe headaches
- Lower back pain
- Pain and numbness in your arms and hands
- A “pins and needles” style sensation in your arms and hands (the technical term for this is paraesthesia)
- Muscle spasms
- Blurred vision
- Feeling more tired than usual
- Vertigo- Despite what people may think this is not about having a problem with heights. Vertigo refers to a strange feeling of feeling like your body is moving even though you are standing still.
- If the effects are long term it can lead to anxiety and depression.
Often whiplash can be cured on its own or with some very basic neck exercises. Other forms of treatment for the condition include-
- Painkillers- Generally these are only required when the pain is severe.
- Anti-inflammatory medication- Can ease pain as well as reducing inflammation.
- Physiotherapy- Massage and manipulation may be necessary if the symptoms persist for a long time and the condition becomes chronic.
- Maintaining a good posture- Stay in an upright position while walking, using a computer and so forth.
- A supportive pillow- A firm pillow helps to ease discomfort. Chronic sufferers should avoid using more than one pillow as these can slip, and changing position could result in more discomfort.
- Exercises and stretching such as yoga are said to improve posture although studies are ongoing as to whether this helps.
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
If you have developed whiplash as a result of an accident that was not your fault then you could be entitled to compensation. We can guide you through the process and help you file a claim.Open Claim Calculator
With a large nationwide team of experts to choose from, we can find the ideal representation. The helpline is available 24 hours a day so there is always someone available to discuss your claim. Contact us today to see what we can do for you!