Whiplash is not a straightforward condition, in that there are various symptoms of whiplash injury and everyone is affected differently.
But, as a general rule, whiplash is a cause of stiffness and pain in the neck. Essentially, whiplash is a kind of strain because it happens when the ligaments in your neck get overstretched, and it can take months to heal. It is most common after a road traffic accident.
Where ligaments and tendons forcefully extended beyond what would be their normal limits, hyperflexion and hyperextension result.
Various symptoms of whiplash injury include:
• Muscle spasms
• Pain in the shoulders or arms
• Reduced movements in the neck, and pain
• Tenderness in the muscles of the neck
The other thing about whiplash is that its symptoms can take up to 12 hours to manifest themselves. At the time of the accident, the bruising and inflammation that takes place in the muscles of the neck may not necessarily be apparent.
So you may find that your neck feels a lot stiffer and more painful the day after your accident than on the day itself. Unfortunately, you may also find the injury continues to worsen for a number of days afterwards.
The good news, however, is that whiplash is generally a temporary condition, and the symptoms short-lived. However, in a minority of cases, the symptoms of whiplash injury persist for longer than six months, so that the condition becomes chronic, and, occasionally psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety can result.
There are also a number of less common symptoms of this condition, including lower back pain, dizziness, pins and needles, tiredness and blurred vision. Seek medical assistance if any of these persist.
What to do if you are experiencing the various symptoms of whiplash injury
While whiplash may seem a trivial complaint, the reality is that it can be more complicated and debilitating than you may have realised.
If you’ve been in an accident through no fault of your own within the last three years which has left you with the symptoms of whiplash, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation.
Learn more about how Accident Advice Helpline can help. We’re a specialist, well-established personal injury law firm with many years’ experience in the field.
Start your claim today and talk to us in confidence. Our lawyers work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis so it won’t cost you a penny to begin the process. Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim for compensation.
Date Published: 5th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell