The injuries sustained from whiplash can be severe and long lasting. While whiplash is commonly thought to be a less severe injury, the over extension of the neck and the resulting damage to tendons, ligaments, and muscles may result in severe neck and back injuries. Those who experience whiplash in an accident commonly experience lingering headaches and neck and back pain. The severity of the injuries can vary dramatically. However, unfortunately, injuries to the vertebrae may have serious and long-term effects, which may require ongoing and long-term treatment. If you believe you may have experienced whiplash, it is imperative that you seek medical attention as soon as possible after an accident.
Whiplash is the most common type of injury sustained in a car accident. Whiplash is a neck injury that typically occurs from a car accident where one car is rear-ended by another. The impact of the crash causes the neck of the driver or passengers in the first car to overextend beyond the body’s normal range of motion. This overextension may result in stretching the neck muscles and ligaments, and may cause trauma to the soft tissue in the neck and upper back, resulting in ongoing pain and discomfort.
There is no set treatment for whiplash. Depending on the patient’s symptoms, a doctor or chiropractor may order a different course of treatment. However, physical therapy, muscle relaxants, pain relievers, massage, heat, ice, injections, and neck braces to immobilize the neck are commonly used to help treat the symptoms of whiplash.
A severe whiplash injury can result in serious, long term injuries and consequences. Those who have reduced neck movement are at the highest risk of having severe and long-term disabilities. However, any violent acceleration of the head and neck may cause injuries, which result in long-term aches and pains. Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult for medical professionals to find and fix these problems. It is important to follow the course of treatment prescribed by your doctor or chiropractor to ensure the maximum recovery from a severe case of whiplash.