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Car Accident Whiplash Symptoms And Treatment

xray view of car accident whiplash
August 16, 2018

Whiplashes are caused by abnormal motion or excessive force applied to the neck that results in sudden movement beyond the neck’s normal range of motion. This can happen during sporting activities, accidental falls, assault, and car accidents – which is also the most common cause of the injury.

The following are common signs, symptoms, and treatment options to help you and your loved ones get help in case of a car accident whiplash.

Signs and Symptoms

The signs of whiplash mostly include a degree of neck pain and muscle stiffness. But, depending on the severity of the injury, other signs to look out for are;

  • Worsening of pain with neck movement
  • Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back, and arms
  • Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull
  • Loss or range of motion in the neck
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms
  • Fatigue and dizziness

Other people also experience blurred vision, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), sleep disturbances, irritability, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, and depression.

Diagnosis

Since whiplash injuries can cause a lot of pain, it’s advisable to see a doctor as soon as you notice any of the symptoms listed above. This way, the doctor can attend to the problem swiftly and rule out fractures and tissue damages.

The doctor will ask questions about the event and symptoms. You may also be asked about the severity of the pain and the level of difficulty experienced when performing daily activities. Then, an examination and imaging test can be done after which treatment commences.

Treatment

Treating car accident whiplash is all about three things; controlling pain, restoring normal range of motion in the neck, and getting the patient back to normal activities. This is achieved in five stages;

Pain Management

Some of the ways to manage whiplash pain include;

  • Resting for at least 24 hours
  • Heat or cold treatment
  • Over the counter pain medications
  • Prescription medications
  • Muscle relaxants, and
  • Injections (such as Xylocaine)

Exercise

In addition to pain management, your doctor is likely to recommend a series of stretching and movement exercises to help restore range of motion. These often include;

  • Rotating your neck in both directions
  • Rolling your shoulders
  • Tilting your head from side to side, and
  • Bending the neck toward your chest

Physical Therapy

Depending on the severity of the injury, the doctor may also recommend that you see a physical therapist. The main goal of physical therapy in these situations is to improve posture and restore normal movement.

Alternative Medicine

Finally, your doctor can also recommend alternative medicine including acupuncture, chiropractic care, and massage. All the three have shown immense potential in relieving neck pain.

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Have you or a loved one been involved in a car accident? Did you suffer a whiplash or any other personal injury? Call a car accident attorney today for a free consultation and case evaluation, and let's fight to ensure that you’re rightfully compensated. There are no fees if there is no recovery. Call 772-287-1220. Free Consultation.

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