Sadly, during an auto accident, injuries are common. This is especially true for the neck and back. One common neck injury is known as whiplash. “The jolt (or blow to the head) can come from behind, in front, or from the side [and] [e]ven a low-speed collision can cause whiplash.” Pain from whiplash sometimes does not show up right away. It may take between 12-24 hours or longer from the occurrence of an accident before symptoms arise.
How does whiplash occur?
Whiplash often occurs when the muscles in your neck are strained due to a quick movement of the neck backward and then forward. In other words, "the neck moves beyond its normal range of movement, resulting in overstretched ligaments, muscles, and tendons.” Moreover, “the injury is often made worse because the muscles, in order to compensate for the sudden movement, pull the head back into position too hard, causing another overstretching in the opposite direction.”
Symptoms of Whiplash
A person with a whiplash injury may experience:
- a loss (or reduction) of movement in the neck
- pain in neck
- stiffness of the neck
These whiplash signs and symptoms can also occur:
- lower back pain
- pain in the arms and hands
- numbness or pins and needles in the arms and hands
- muscle spasms
- swallowing difficulties
- vision problems (vision may be blurred)
- a feeling that you are moving or spinning (vertigo)
- ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- sleep disturbances
While less common, these signs and symptoms are also possible:
Headaches, dizziness, problems swallowing, and vision problems should not last long. If they do, you should contact a doctor immediately.
If you think you have suffered whiplash or have neck pain after being involved in an auto accident, it is best to seek the advice of a qualified medical professional. That medical professional can diagnosis your injuries and will recommend treatment that will assist you with recovery.
Being involved in an auto accident can cause severe injury, including whiplash, can cost you wages and can also lead to substantial medical expenses. The Personal Injury Attorneys of the Nicoletti Law Firm want to make sure that you are compensated for your medical expenses, your lost wages, and the pain and suffering that you have endured. Contact us at (727) 845-5972 for a FREE no-obligation consultation where an attorney will review your claim with you at no charge. Be safe everyone!
*** Disclaimer: This article is not to be used as a medical diagnosis, advice nor it is a recommendation. If you have been injured in an auto accident, please consult a qualified medical professional at your earliest convenience.