Whiplash is caused by a sudden jolt which causes tendons and ligaments of the neck to be stretched too far and can cause a lot of pain.
Whiplash injuries can be moderate to severe and can affect you in different ways. This guide can help you identify whether you have suffered a whiplash injury, how that may affect you and provide advice on the type of treatment available.
The symptoms of a whiplash injury
There are many different symptoms of a whiplash injury which will often depend on how severe the injury is. Some of the most common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck pain and tenderness
- Neck stiffness and difficulty moving your head
- Muscle spasms
There are also less common symptoms which the NHS identify as symptoms of whiplash. These include:
- Memory loss
- Spreading of the pain into your arms and shoulders
- Pins and needles in your arms and hands
- Poor concentration
Whiplash symptoms usually last up to two or three months. If symptoms persist, you should visit your GP without delay.
The effects of a whiplash injury
Ongoing pain and limitations to your daily life can cause emotional and psychological distress. Whiplash injuries can significantly impact your daily life. Some of the most common effects upon our clients who have suffered whiplash include:
Work life: You may have limited movement which may prevent you from carrying out your everyday work activities. You may have to stand up and move around more to stop your neck from stiffening and you may struggle to fulfil your duties because of the pain.
Personal life: You may not be able to take part in social and sporting activities which you would otherwise have enjoyed due to movement restrictions and pain. You may have small children which you find difficult to carry and play with and you may even find it difficult to carry out everyday household chores.
There have been occasions when whiplash has prevented someone from going on a planned holiday, particularly if that holiday included sporting or adventure activities.
All these effects on your life can be extremely distressing. If you have suffered a whiplash injury contact our expert whiplash solicitors today.
The treatment of a whiplash injury
It is important if you have suffered a whiplash injury that you contact your GP or if necessary, the A&E department. Every case is different, so you should get professional medical advice on what the best treatment is for you.
A medical professional may advice you to try to keep your neck mobile and continue with your normal activities as much as possible and to do special exercises and stretches to relax your muscles. You may also be advised or prescribed to take painkillers.
If your symptoms do not get better after a few weeks your GP may refer you to a specialist, such as a pain specialist or physiotherapist. If necessary, your GP may also refer you for psychological support.
Why would I choose Accident Advice Helpline?
Accident Advice Helpline has specialised in whiplash injuries for over 15 years and has an ‘Excellent’ reputation which is evidenced by our score on Trustpilot.
We have teams of dedicated and experienced solicitors across the country who specialise in whiplash injury claims and will achieve the best possible outcome to your claim as well as ensuring you get the necessary treatment needed to maximise the chances of your recovery. We also offer our clients a No Win No Fee agreement, meaning there’s no financial risk for you.
If you believe you have a claim for a whiplash injury, contact our experts today.
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