There are few more painful conditions than that of whiplash and as anyone who has suffered from it will tell you this pain can be lasting and difficult to get rid of. When it comes to the question of how to treat whiplash the most important thing is to be fully informed about the condition and it is with this in mind that this article will provide you with all of the information you require about whiplash and how to treat whiplash.
What is Whiplash?
The first thing to consider when discussing the issue of how to treat whiplash, is the issue of what whiplash actually is. Whiplash is a non-medical term for a collection of varying neck muscle injuries that are mostly associated with road traffic collisions. These type of injuries are caused by a sudden jerking or jolting of the neck muscles and this is why they are commonly a result of a road traffic collision where the victim is thrown forward in their seat and then sprung back by the seatbelt.
What are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
As mentioned above whiplash is a term for a collection of different neck injuries, but they all have one main symptom in common; an intense and lasting muscular pain in the neck. This level of pain can also have the knock on symptoms of reduced range of motion and pain in other areas such as the shoulder or back due to having to hold your neck in an unnatural position.
How to Treat Whiplash
There is no ‘cure’ to whiplash per se, but the answer to the question of how to cure whiplash, is by immobilising the neck with a brace, reducing the amount that you move your neck as much as possible, and by taking painkillers and anti-inflammatories to deal with the pain while the neck muscles are returning to normal.
Could You Claim Compensation for Whiplash?
Now that you understand exactly what whiplash is and how to treat it, it is worth discussing the fact that if you suffer from the condition and somebody else was to blame then you could be entitled to compensation. This is the case as compensation is provided to account for the physical, emotional and financial implications of injuries that were the fault of another party.
Who Can Help You to Claim?
If you do think that you may have a valid compensation claim for whiplash then your best course of action is to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Accident Advice Helpline have over 13 years’ worth of experience of handling all kinds of personal injury compensation claims and utilise all of this when they take on any new claims. You can call Accident Advice Helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week on either 0800 180 4123 or 0333 500 0992 on your mobile.
Date Published: 11th October 2013
Author: Louise Thacker