Painful – effects of whiplash
Whiplash is a non-medical term referring to a range of injuries in the neck, often caused by a sudden shock or distortion of the neck area. It is most commonly associated with rear end car accidents, but can be caused in many other ways. Before the invention of the car, whiplash injuries were known as railroad spine, because the most common way to sustain an injury of this nature was in a train collision, the first documented case being in 1919.
The effects of whiplash can be very painful
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries from a rear end car accident and as such, is often taken lightly, when in reality it can be extremely painful and cause the sufferer a stiff neck and pain spreading to the arms and back, as well as the neck itself. Often the effects of whiplash are felt as pins and needles in the arms and legs and it is not uncommon to have headaches as well.
The Causes of Whiplash
Apart from the car accident incidents that cause whiplash, there are many other accidents that can cause it such as:
- A sudden blow to the head or neck during contact sports such as boxing or rugby
- Any slip or fall that creates a sudden shock to the head and jolts it back firmly
- Being struck on the head by a solid or heavy object that causes a sudden jolting movement
Whiplash is usually diagnosed from a description of your symptoms. Tests, x-rays, or scans are not normally required unless a fracture is suspected.
If you have had a sudden impact to your head and then experience pain and stiffness to your neck or back, your GP will probably diagnose the effects of whiplash.
Treatment of Whiplash
With rest and care whiplash often gets better on its own, although this can take some time to happen. Sometimes a neck collar or brace is used to assist in the healing process.
Chronic whiplash can cause you problems for months and may restrict your movements and abilities to carry out normal everyday tasks.
Whatever the cause or severity of your whiplash, you may have a case to claim compensation from whoever was to blame for your accident.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to handle this situation for you. We are specialists in personal injuries of all kinds, whiplash injuries included.
You can contact us on our freephone number, 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 and speak to one of our friendly professional advisors for assistance, or complete our online 30-second test for guidance.
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Date Published: 22nd July 2013