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What Are Whiplash Injuries?

Published on Dec 7, 2017 at 12:30 pm in Car Accidents.

Car crashes can cause a lot of injuries. Some of the scariest ones affect your mobility. If you get whiplash, you might not know it at first. After a car accident, your body is in shock. This can mask symptoms of any injuries, including whiplash.

While it’s still possible to recognize whiplash, it could take a few hours or weeks for you to feel whiplash symptoms. Without proper care, you could have chronic pain.

When you’re trying to recover from injuries from a car accident, it’s stressful to think about how you’re going to pay the medical bills. It’s even more frustrating when the accident wasn’t your fault. That’s where you need a car accident attorney. DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC in Charleston, West Virginia is ready to help you fight for your rights.

How Does Whiplash Occur?

Whiplash is a soft tissue injury that happens to your neck. This happens when the neck is forced to make sudden back and forth movements. Your tendons and muscles are jerked rapidly, which injures the soft tissue.

Your injury can affect:

  • Discs
  • Ligaments
  • Spine
  • Nerve Roots

When you have whiplash damage, you might think it would only feel like neck pain. However, whiplash injuries can do more than that.

What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

Whiplash can have many kinds of symptoms:

  • These can start at the base of your skull and move toward your forehead.
  • Whiplash can make you dizzy so it’s difficult to walk or focus.
  • Burning or Prickling Sensations. This odd sensation is called paresthesia.
  • Back/Shoulder Pain. This kind of pain usually brings a limited range of motion or stiffness when trying to turn your head.
  • Your neck or shoulder area might feel tender at times.

How Do You Heal Whiplash?

The best thing you can do to ensure quick healing it to visit a doctor right after the accident. Even if you don’t think you’re injured, you still need to go to the doctor. Your whiplash could have more severe symptoms if you wait too long and think the pain will go away on its own.

The doctor be able to assess you for whiplash and other injuries. For insurance purposes, it’s a bad idea to not go to the doctor or not follow the doctor’s orders because that might keep you from getting full coverage.

Your doctor will also give you the best treatment options to handle your specific symptoms.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke lists some treatment options:

  • Pain Medication
  • Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
  • Antidepressants
  • Muscle Relaxants
  • Neck Brace

When appropriate, your doctor could suggest mild exercises or physical therapy to help your whiplash.  

Do You Need a Charleston Car Accident Attorney?

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in West Virginia, then you need a Charleston car accident attorney. DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC has experience in car accident cases, and we understand the physical and emotional stress that you’re going through and we want to help you get compensation.

Call today at (877) 623-6919 and we’ll discuss your options.

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