How much do you really know about whiplash? Read more below to educate yourself on this very common type of accident injury.
According to LiveScience.com, whiplash is an injury suffered by over 2 million people every year! Although it often occurs in rear-impact car crashes, it can happen through other accident situations, too. Whiplash injuries affect the neck, including the tissue, muscles, discs, and nerves that go into and out of the neck. The jerking motion association with whiplash causes the neck to move outside of its typical range of motion. Sometimes, whiplash also occurs in combination with a concussion.
The symptoms of whiplash often show up in the first 24 hours post-accident, and include dizziness, limited range of motion in the neck, pain in the neck, back, shoulders, and/or arms, and fatigue. Sometimes, tingling and numbness in the arms can occur as well. Whiplash can sometimes persist over six months, in which case it becomes termed as "chronic".
Whiplash and corresponding chronic pain, is common after a wide variety of accidents and injuries, such as car accidents. It is very important to monitor your pain and consult with a knowledgeable physician if you suspect that you may have a case of chronic pain. Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer located in Altoona, PA and serving the central and western Pennsylvania area. For more information on him and his firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100.
Thank you to LiveScience for their reference article, which can be found here: