Whiplash Injuries

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are roughly 120,000 people each year that sustain a whiplash injury. On average, 13 people each hour suffer a whiplash injury. Whiplash injuries occur when the head is snapped forward and backward in a whip-like motion due to a sudden impact or collision, such as a car accident. This sudden movement can damage muscles, tendons, and soft tissues within the neck. Milder whiplash injuries may take a few months to heal whereas more severe or serious injuries can cause permanent damage.

Symptoms of whiplash

If you or a loved one is in a car accident, you may be unsure of how to tell if you have been injured. Whiplash symptoms may not show immediately and will usually develop within 24 hours of the injury. Below are some of the most common whiplash symptoms according to the Mayo Clinic:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches, most often radiating from the base of the skull
  • Neck pain with movement
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, arm, or upper back
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms

Diagnosis and treatment of whiplash

Whiplash is often diagnosed using a physical examination, obtaining information about the incident, and a variety of imaging tests. The imaging tests are run mainly to rule out any other causes of the symptoms. Some of the imaging tests doctors may use are x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans.

The treatment for whiplash will depend on the severity of the injury. Doctors may also combine a variety of treatments in order to most effectively treat the injury. Below are some of the most common treatments for whiplash:

  • Rest
  • Icing or applying heat to the affected areas
  • Over the counter pain medication
  • Prescription pain medication
  • Injections
  • Exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Immobilization by using foam collars

Causes of Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash injuries occur when a person’s head is quickly thrust forward and backward in a whip-like motion. While this type of injury is frequently caused by an auto accident, they can be caused by a variety of injuries such as:

If you or someone you love has been suffered a severe whiplash injury due to someone else’s negligence, call Powers Taylor today. Our experienced attorneys will evaluate your potential case and help you decide the best course of action. Call today for a free consultation.