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What You Need to Know About Whiplash

If you have been involved in a car accident, you may have suffered whiplash. Whiplash is a quick, whip-like action involving the head and neck. It can be a complicated injury because it may take days or even weeks before you feel the symptoms of whiplash, or you may experience symptoms immediately after the collision.

Whiplash usually results from a person’s head being jarred backward and then forward, straining the neck’s muscles and ligaments. The most common causes of this type of injury are traffic accidents, physical abuse, shaken baby syndrome and contact sports.

The symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches, often at the base of the skull
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Speech changes
  • Fatigue
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Emotional upset
  • Memory problems
  • Concussion
  • Difficulty swallowing

Whiplash is often treated with over-the-counter pain medications. However, if they are sufficient for controlling your pain, your physician may prescribe stronger painkillers, injections of numbing medications, or muscle relaxants. Physical therapy is also commonly used to treat whiplash injuries, including ice, heat, manual therapies, ultrasound and stretching exercises.

Most people who have sustained a whiplash injury recover within a few months. However, some individuals continue to feel pain for several months after the date of the injury, especially if the person has had a previous neck injury.

If you have been involved in an auto accident or other collision resulting in a whiplash injury, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Rudberg Law Offices, LLC, to help you understand your legal options.

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