Whiplash is an injury commonly associated with car accidents but, did you know that it is an injury that can result from all kinds of accidents? So if you have been wondering, how do you get whiplash in Basingstoke and Deane read on.
A vastly misunderstood injury
Even though it is a common injury, it is misunderstood one. People who have never suffered the excruciating pain of whiplash often think that it is an injury that is somehow ‘put on’.
But, when you appreciate what happens in the neck during an impact that can result in this soft tissue injury, you will understand why it is so painful.
How do you get whiplash in Basingstoke and Deane from an accident?
Whiplash is an injury that results when the body takes a sudden, quick impact. Many people think that this means speed but, in essence it means that the body takes an impact that is hard enough to jolt it.
When we do not expect an impact, our muscles are relaxed. In some instances, this helps us to avoid serious injury but in this case, whiplash results when a group of muscles and tendons in the neck are over stretched.
The spine in the neck is naturally curved. When the body takes an impact, the neck can snap forward and backward in quick succession. The muscles and tendons try to protect the neck and stop it from being forced straight but, in the process are over stretched. This means they become inflamed and sore, as a result.
And so, in answer to the question, how do you get whiplash in Basingstoke and Deane from an accident, it is from an impact to the body.
Not just from car accidents
It is an injury associated with car accidents, especially when an unexpected rear impact happens, forcing the neck forwards and then backwards. But, it can also result from a side impact or from other kinds of accidents too. For example, falling and hitting the ground hard can cause whiplash too.
Many people think that the neck has to travel quite a way forwards and backwards but actually, whiplash can be caused with the minimal of movements, as it is the impact, the force and the unexpected bodily trauma that results in this soft tissue injury.
Thankfully, in most cases, the client makes a full recovery but there are a number of very small cases where people have ended up with damaged spines as a result of this kind of injury.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
If you have suffered whiplash in an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation – why not call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more, or from a mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 24th October 2015
Author: David Brown