Car and automobile accidents are the most common causes of whiplash. This painful condition usually occurs when a vehicle is struck from the rear, accelerating the victim's head forward and then jerking it back again. The whipping motion is unnatural and causes stress on the ligaments and muscles. Fortunately, most people recover from whiplash after a few weeks to a few months but sometimes whiplash associated disorders can cause life long suffering. Disc herniation or aggravation of a preexisting disc herniation is often result of whiplash injuries.
Symptoms of whiplash include:
More severe cases of whiplash, especially those that persist for long periods of time, can cause:
Treatment for whiplash depends on the severity of the problem. No one cure has ever been found but doctors typically treat less severe cases with over the counter pain relievers and sufficient rest. In more serious cases injections, massage, heat, physical therapy, medication, chiropractic treatment, and even occasionally surgery have been used effectively.
If you think you have a whiplash as a result of a car accident it is important to see a doctor and treat it seriously, and if you were injured as a result of another driver's negligence, contact us for a free consultation.
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