Victim of a whiplash injury? Let injury lawyers in Stoke Gifford take the strain
- Whiplash causes pain, stiffness and restriction or loss of movement in the neck.
- It is not uncommon to additionally experience pain in the shoulders or arms and to suffer an increase of headaches and head pain following a whiplash injury.
- Less common injuries are lower back pain, pins and needles in the arms, tiredness and dizzy spells, blurred vision and/or vertigo.
- In some extreme cases whiplash can cause irritability, memory loss and poor concentration.
Whiplash is a fairly common injury and for the lucky ones it gets better on its own accord within a relatively short period of time as it can be short lived and is a self limiting condition. However, if you are one of the unfortunate ones who finds that it hasn’t gone away of it’s own accord within six months then the condition becomes known as chronic and it can be pretty debilitating.
Whiplash is caused when the head is jolted violently backwards, forwards or sideways and the neck muscles and ligaments are overstretched. The most common cause of whiplash is during a road traffic accident – usually whilst in a vehicle which sustains an impact but equally whiplash can be caused during a fall or a trip, receiving a blow to the head by a heavy object or during a contact sport such as boxing or rugby.
Often following an incident where the neck muscles have sustained an impact or been overstretched the patient will feel no different for the first few hours as it usually takes between six to twelve hours before the symptoms will develop. Inflammation and or bruising will not be evident at the time of the accident. Neck pain and neck stiffness will take time to develop and it may be a few days after the accident that the full extent of the injury is realised.
If you have been the victim of a no fault accident and sustained a whiplash injury it is important that you visit your GP to register the injury as if it transpires that you are one of the few for whom it doesn’t get better on it’s own accord you will require more than a mild analgesic to manage the pain. Acupuncture has been proven to help alleviate the symptoms of whiplash and physiotherapy treatment can also be of benefit but it can be costly.
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