Whiplash is a condition that occurs when a person’s head is rapidly jerked forward and backward with great force and the soft muscles of the neck extend beyond their usual range of motion. This injury is most commonly associated with rear-end collisions, but it can also result from sports injuries, physical assaults, cycling accidents, or falls.
While some cases may heal on their own, others may require additional treatment.
Symptoms of whiplash may appear within 24 hours of the related accident and include:
Neck pain and stiffness
Shoulder and back pain
Worsening of pain with neck movement
Loss of range of motion in the neck and upper back area
A sensation of pins and needles
Dizziness or vertigo
Keep in mind that, in some cases, symptoms may not manifest for weeks. Additionally, what you believe to be a case of whiplash can actually turn out to be a more serious injury that may require more immediate medical treatment.
Read our recent blog to learn more information about the importance of seeking medical attention after any car accident.
Treatment Options and Pain Management
Many cases of whiplash heal on their own, but each case is different from the next. Depending on the severity of the injury, recovery may take a few days or even multiple weeks or months. Mild to moderate cases may be treated with over-the-counter medications, ice, and rest.
More severe cases may require prescription pain killers and muscle relaxers to reduce muscle spasms. When diagnosing possible whiplash, your doctor may also run x-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI in order to assess whether there is damage to or inflammation in the spinal cord, nerves, and soft tissues.
Possible Long-Term Complications
For some individuals, physical therapy plays a crucial role in recovery in order to build muscle strength and neck flexibility so the injury doesn’t cause long-term complications. Some people with whiplash do experience chronic pain or headaches due to damage to the joints, ligaments, and nerves.
Fighting for Justice on Your Behalf
If your injury was caused by another person and led to out-of-pocket medical bills, lost wages, or lost quality of life, you should not have to pay for these expenses yourself.
At Klein Frank, our clients come first and our primary goal is to improve their lives by helping each one obtain the compensation they need to heal from an accident. Whatever the situation of your accident, our legal team is ready to hear your story and stand in your corner.
Contact our firm at (303) 448-8884 or fill out our online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.