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    A whiplash injury in Brancaster

    A whiplash injury in Brancaster

    A whiplash injury in Brancaster is not a new injury that appeared with the invention of cars. Before the cars hit our roads it was known as railway spine, because the most common way of sustaining it was when travelling on a train. No doubt before that it had other nicknames as well, the name whiplash not being a proper medical term.

    Visiting your GP with a whiplash injury in Brancaster

    Whiplash is usually diagnosed from a description of your symptoms, and test are normally only carried out if your GP thinks there may be another problem. If you have recently been in an accident and are experiencing pain and stiffness in the neck area, you should visit your GP and be guided by their advice.

    What has actually happened is that in the accident you head has received a sudden jolt, and this vigorous movement damages the tendons and ligaments in your neck.

    The tendons and ligaments

    Tendons are tough fibrous bands that connect our muscles to our bones and the ligaments are connective tissues that link bones together at a joint. If these get torn or strained in an accident that was not your own fault, it creates a whiplash injury in Brancaster.

    The symptoms you may experience

    Some symptoms of whiplash are more common than others, but they can all manifest themselves if you have this type of injury. You will probably not know you have the injury for a few hours after the accident and then you could experience any of the following:

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    • Neck pain and stiffness
    • Tenderness over the neck muscles
    • Reduced and painful neck movements
    • Headaches and migraines
    • Lower back pain
    • Pain, numbness or pins and needles in your arms and hands
    • Muscle spasms
    • Dizziness
    • Blurred vision
    • Vertigo
    • Tiredness
    • Poor concentration
    • Moodiness

    Some of these symptoms should only persist for the first few days after the injury, and if you are still experiencing them longer than that, you need to return to your GP for further advice.

    Treating your whiplash injury in Brancaster

    Whiplash will get worse over the first few days, and then should start to slowly improve. Gentle neck exercises are vital to keep the mobility of your neck and aid your recovery. Although this might be painful to do, it will not cause more damage and is the best way in the long run.

    These days, resting your neck for long periods is not recommended and can delay your recovery, as it will make the stiffness of your neck worse. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to ease the pain, but if it is really severe you doctor may prescribe some anti-inflammatory drugs to try and help.

    Claiming compensation

    If you sustain any type of injury in an accident that was not your fault, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for free advice and for information on how to proceed with your personal injury compensation claim.

    Date Published: 4th July 2014

    Author: David Brown

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