Whiplash is a spinal injury that most commonly occurs during a rear-end auto accident. The force of the impact causes the driver’s or passenger’s head to move forward and backward in a quick whip-like motion.
Symptoms Of Whiplash After An Accident
This sudden movement can injure neck joints and also cause the ligaments and the muscles in the upper back and neck to become over-stretched. This injury and overextension can cause lasting pain and difficulty moving, as well as an array of other symptoms. If you have been involved in an accident, here are some symptoms to watch out for:
- Pain in shoulders and upper back
- Difficulty moving your neck or pain when you do so
- Headaches and dizziness
- Muscle spasms in the neck and upper body
- Strange sensations such as burning or tingling in the neck and upper body
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing or a hoarse voice
Is prevention possible?
You will most likely sustain whiplash in a rear-end collisions, no matter how minor your accident may be. However, wearing a seatbelt may reduce the likelihood of whiplash being severe. In an accident, a seat belt can limit the range of the back-and-forth movement on your neck, which can reduce or prevent whiplash symptoms. Another way to mitigate the risk of whiplash is to keep the back of your seat as upright as possible.
Even while using these methods, you may experience some whiplash symptoms. However, you can prevent your condition from worsening by seeking medical treatment.
Have you been in a rear-end collision? Take action immediately!
If you experience any of these symptoms after a crash, regardless of how mild they seem, seeking medical attention should be your first course of action. Only a licensed medical professional can properly diagnose whiplash and offer different treatment options.
Florida car accident lawyer Scott M. Miller has seen how whiplash can affect someone’s ability to work or care for yourself and your family. After an accident, it is important to see a professional, not only for pain relief but also so you have a medical record of any symptoms you are experiencing.
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident and are experiencing symptoms of whiplash, contact our Florida law firm today.