How to know the difference between whiplash and spinal injury
Whether you suspect that a person has sustained a spinal injury, or know for certain that you are dealing with a problem with the spine, it is important that you know how to move them as safely as possible if you absolutely have to, and when is an appropriate time to move someone with a possible spinal injury. A whiplash injury in Bitton is very common with a road accident, and may be mistaken for a spinal injury.
Knowing when someone is suffering from a whiplash injury in Bitton
Whiplash may have a number of the same symptoms as a spinal injury, but there are some differences as well. If you suspect that yourself or someone else has sustained a whiplash injury in Bitton, you should be looking for:
- Neck pain and/or stiffness
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Jaw pain
- Pain in the arm or arms
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears
A whiplash injury in Bitton can be a good case for compensation if the accident was not your fault. Go to a doctor to get a diagnosis and if you have definitely sustained an injury then call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to speak to someone about making a claim.
Knowing when someone has sustained a spinal injury
A spinal injury comes in varying levels of severity, so at the lowest level the victim may suffer symptoms which are quite similar to whiplash. However, on the more severe level, these symptoms will be very different and much more frightening. Symptoms to look out for include:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of bowel or bladder control (although this can happen from shock, so other symptoms should be present as well)
- Loss of sensation, not being able to feel touch to certain areas of the body
- Pain or stinging
- Tingling in the limbs
- Difficulty breathing
Knowing what to do in either case
Whether a person has sustained a whiplash injury in Bitton or a spinal injury, they will need to see a medical professional. You should call for help as soon as you see the accident or come across a victim, so that the emergency services have time to arrive before anything worse can occur. You should never move the victim of a spinal injury, unless it is absolutely necessary.
You can determine if it is necessary by deciding whether leaving them where they are would put them at more risk of death or permanent disability than moving them. This could be because of other vehicles getting involved in a traffic accident, fire, or the threat of explosion. Someone with a whiplash injury may be able to get up and walk around on their own, but you should encourage them to stay still as well, keep them warm, and wait for the emergency services to arrive.
Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice on your whiplash injury in Bitton
Date Published: 1st May 2014
Author: David Brown