Guide: How to Treat a Whiplash Injury
There are various situations, that can cause a road traffic accident which often leads to a whiplash injury. Our solicitors are here to help you with your claim. If you've been injured in a road traffic accident, contact us today for free legal advice from our expert solicitors.
How to treat a whiplash injury
If you have suffered a whiplash injury, this short guide should help you treating your injury. For further information, we recommend you to read the NHS page on Whiplash Injuries.
If the injury was due to someone else's negligence, you can claim compensation. Our solicitors are experts in helping individuals claim compensation for their injuries. Call us now on freephone 0800 083 5045or read more about a whiplash injury claim (LINK to 028 'Whiplash Injury').
Whiplash injury explained
Whiplash injuries are caused when the tendons and ligaments of the neck have received a sudden jolt, and are being stretched too far.
The most common causes of whiplash injuries are car accidents, when another vehicle hits your car from behind. But there are also other accidents that can lead to a whiplash injury:
- Work accidents: when you have had a heavy fall or have been hit with a heavy object.
- Slips and trips: where your body has come to a sudden stop when hitting the floor.
A whiplash injury usually gets better within a few weeks or months. However, for some people it takes longer and can put limitations on their daily activities.
Symptoms of a whiplash injury
The first symptoms usually appear a few hours after a car crash or fall. They can include:
- Feelings of stiffness
- A burning sensation in the rear of the neck
These symptoms may prevent you from turning your head from side to side, and may even spread to your arms and shoulders.
Other symptoms can include memory loss, dizziness and the feeling of pins and needles in your arms. Some symptoms only occur or intensify after a few days.
Treating your whiplash injury
Every injury is different and you should always seek medical advice. Here is what your GP may advise:
- Try to keep your neck mobile and continue with your normal activities as much as possible
- Use painkillers to ease the pain
- Do physiotherapy, exercises and stretches to relax your muscles
It is key that you visit a doctor as whiplash can affect your life in many ways, here we cover just a few.
When to see a doctor
If you haven't already visited a medical professional after your accident and you are experiencing the symptoms of a whiplash injury, you should visit one now. The medical professional can examine your neck and assess the range of movement in your neck.
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