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Recovering from Whiplash-Related Injuries

“Whiplash is among the most common injuries sustained in all motor vehicle accidents. These steps will help alleviate pain and soreness and get you back to feeling 100%.”

In the event of an auto accident, the quick change in velocity and momentum can violently jolt the head and neck around. This is dangerous and may cause muscle tears, herniated disks, ligament tears, or concussions. Because of the prominence and vulnerability of the head and neck area, injuries to this region are particularly frightening. So, Whiplash injury recovery and treatment is important.

One very common head/neck injury associated with automobile accidents is whiplash. Whiplash—especially associated with rear-end impact—occurs when the neck is literally “whipped” around from a collision with another driver.

If you think you might be suffering from whiplash, don’t forget to mention it to your personal injury attorney. In the meantime, here are a few steps for whiplash treatment and helps alleviate your pain:

  1. Evaluate: many cases of whiplash are not considered by medical staff. However, that doesn’t mean that injuries were not sustained. It’s wise to self-evaluate the degree of your pain. Most times, hospitals won’t consider your head/neck area after an accident, especially if it looks unharmed. You should seek immediate attention if the neck pain affects your arms or legs, or includes numbness, tingling, headaches, or visual problems.

  2. Self-Treat: In the case of whiplash, the best medication is relaxing your affected muscles. Ice the painful area on a regular basis. Take aspirin to reduce swelling. Be aware of your sleeping position and try not to re-aggravate the muscles. If the pain is particularly bad, ask your doctor about muscle relaxers or pain medications.

  3. Recuperate: Take things easy; give your body time to recover. Ease back into your daily routine instead of immediately reentering your pre-injury schedule. Your body tries to begin healing itself immediately following an injury. However, it cannot begin the healing process if it’s being worked in excess.

  4. Exercise: Physical therapy sessions can be a great way to help bring strength and flexibility back to your neck. Seek a PT that specializes in head/neck trauma.

From a medical staff’s point of view, whiplash is often seen as a secondary injury—especially if injuries to other areas of the body are more serious or threatening. For this reason, strained or torn neck muscles are regularly overlooked.

Nonetheless, head and neck injuries can cause intense pain, prolonged suffering, and expensive financial bills. It’s important to consider whiplash-related injuries—whether diagnosed or undiagnosed—when pursuing a personal injury claim. You’ll want to receive compensation for your head and neck injuries, especially if the damages are severe, result in prolonged pain & suffering, or require extended (sometimes life-long) medical attention.