Whiplash is one of the most common injuries suffered in a car wreck. A whiplash injury happens when a person is jerked suddenly back-and-forth or sideways. Even with headrests, seat belts, and airbags, drivers and passengers can be tossed about or jolted so violently that injury is unavoidable, even at slow speeds.
How A Whiplash Injury Can Happen
A collision from any direction can cause a whiplash injury. The trauma sustained from whiplash strains muscles and other soft tissues without necessarily breaking bones. Whiplash can be very painful but is not always immediately realized as it takes time to heal. It is not only caused by car wrecks.
Whiplash and neck injury can result in other ways, as well, including:
Consequences of Whiplash
Whiplash pain typically takes 12 to 24 hours to develop.
Then stiffness, discomfort, and pain worsen, and you may begin to experience some or all the following:
In addition to neck injury, whiplash may result in:
Less common signs and symptoms may manifest as:
Treatment of Whiplash
Treatment seeks to alleviate pain and stiffness, as well as to heal the damaged tissues. Many people find that physical therapy, chiropractic care, or therapeutic massage is sufficient to alleviate their neck pain.
MRI scans, X-rays, CT scans, and treatment by a neurologist, pain management specialist may be ordered. Injections, steroids, medication, and other forms of treatment might be recommended. Sometimes surgery is all that will ease the pain.
The lawyers and staff at Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm understand the physiology of neck injuries and can guide you through the various types of treatments recommended by your doctors. We will help you understand the nature of your injury and what to expect by interpreting your medical records and doctors’ opinions. Contact us at (763) 406-7000 for a free initial consultation.