Whiplash injuries are some of the most common injuries stemming from accidents. While these often seem minor at first, they can cause serious and permanent damage if left untreated. In many cases, patients report a few minor symptoms at first, but over the course of weeks and months, the injury can become very painful.
Below is some information you’ll find useful to know about whiplash injuries.
The most common neck injury after a car accident is whiplash. This causes the neck to suddenly snap and overextend.
A whiplash neck injury will stretch the ligaments and muscles around the neck. These are the same ligaments and muscles that hold the spinal cord in place.
About 84% of all neck injuries are classified as soft tissue injuries, which means there’s no broken bones.
What’s unique about whiplash injuries is that they are not immediately felt following an accident. It can take days or even weeks before the pain is noticeable. Stiffness in your neck and difficulty moving are usually the first signs of this injury. Accident victims may also feel pain in your shoulders or arms.
The good news is, with proper care, the symptoms of whiplash usually go away after a few weeks. However, pain can last months or even years in extreme cases.
If you or a family member has suffered a whiplash injury, call The Barnes Firm today or contact us online.
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