Causes of whiplash
Whiplash occurs when the head is thrown about violently, damaging the muscles and tendons in the neck. As the weight of the head causes these muscles to hyperextend and hyperflex, which can lead to a number of painful injuries.
Whiplash is therefore brought on by any accident that induces a trauma to the head. While this can include everything from a fall from a height to being hit by a falling object, the most common cause of whiplash is a car accident. Road traffic accidents often result in this neck injury, even ones that take place at relatively low speeds. If you have been in a car accident and are unsure if you’re suffering a whiplash injury in Congleton, read on to learn more about the symptoms of this injury.
Symptoms of whiplash
Because the body commonly goes into shock after an accident, it can take anywhere up to six hours for the symptoms of whiplash to materialise. People suffering with a whiplash injury in Congleton may suffer from:
- Stiffness, swelling and pain in the neck
- Referral pain in the back, shoulders and arms
- Nausea and dizziness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Tingling in the arms and fingers
These symptoms can be ongoing, requiring months of treatment to fully heal. Luckily, there are a number of options available ranging from physical therapy to over-the-counter medicines that can help reduce the pain and symptoms of whiplash.
Treatment of whiplash
Initially, you should ice the injury to reduce the swelling. It’s recommended to ice for no more than half an hour at a time every few hours, until the swelling has gone down. Once you are able to move your neck, you should do so gently, as keeping the neck still can cause the muscles to “freeze” and lead to further problems down the line.
Taking anti-inflammatory medicine, as well as painkillers is widely recommended. Your GP may prescribe something stronger if you’ve been in a serious accident. Its important to get a formal diagnosis from a GP as soon as possible if you think you may have whiplash, as this will help you not only discern whether physiotherapy or chiropractic treatment may be needed, but can also prove pivotal if you plan to seek compensation for your whiplash injury in Congleton.
If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault and developed whiplash as a result, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim. Financial compensation can help cover these and other costs, helping to make life easier in the wake of an accident. We work on a No Win, No Fee* basis too, so there’s no money required upfront to get started. To find out more, contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.