What are the Effects of Whiplash in the UK?
Whiplash is a common injury usually associated with road traffic accidents, but there are several other causes, in fact it can be created by anything that causes a sudden stress or shock to the neck or higher back bones and muscles, anything that causes a sudden jolting of the head. When a car crashes the impact is felt and spread throughout the vehicle, including the front seats and it is that impact that causes your head to jolt and create the whiplash injury. You could also suffer the effects of whiplash whilst playing a contact sport, maybe boxing, wrestling, rugby, or by something solid or heavy hitting your head.
What are the Main Symptoms of Whiplash in the UK?
The effects that people usually associate with whiplash is a painful neck and back, these on their own can be bad enough, but you can also get headaches, pins and needles, tingling, reduced mobility or stiffness in your neck and back.
The Diagnosis of the Effects of Whiplash in the UK?
Normally the diagnosis would happen because of the symptoms you tell your GP or local A & E department about, coupled with the fact you have had a sudden impact or jolt to your head recently.
How is Whiplash Treated?
Unless there is the possibility of a broken bone, whiplash is treated with rest and painkillers. The tendons around the neck area can become inflamed and they need time to heal, but if you do have a broken bone other treatment may be needed and you should be guided by your medical practitioner.
Fortunately whiplash is not typically a life threatening injury, but it can be in its severest forms. Sometimes the weaknesses it can cause stops you carrying out normal every day tasks and can make it difficult to care for yourself, usually for quite a short period of time, but it can be permanent and you may have to adapt your lifestyle to deal the disabilities your injury has created.
It is not always immediately apparent how severe your whiplash is, hopefully it will heal and life can get back to normal. However, if it is a more long-term injury, this will have to be taken into account when making your compensation claim.
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Date Published: 22nd July 2013