How Does Whiplash Occur?

back and new injuriesWhiplash is one of the most common injuries drivers and passengers involved in a car accident may suffer. Although the injury is most common in rear-end accidents, the sudden impact of a vehicle colliding into another can cause the jerking movement that often leads to whiplash injuries.

In simpler terms, whiplash is an over-extension of the neck region during a car crash. Medically speaking, this happens when the impact forces the lower cervical vertebrae into a position of hyperextension, while the upper cervical vertebrae goes into a hyper-flexed position. The hyperextension and hyper flexion of the lower and upper bones of the neck are what can lead to the abnormal S-shape of the cervical spine after the collision.

Some common signs of whiplash include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, and dizziness. However, some people also experience memory problems, sleep disturbances, and ringing in the ears.

People suffering from whiplash injuries can experience complications that include long-lasting pain, from several months to years, as well as damage to joints discs and ligaments.

Whiplash treatment involves pain medications, muscle relaxants, and a collar to decrease movement of the neck. Physical therapy and motion exercises may also be prescribed.

If the victim of a car accident fails to receive medical attention for their injury, the healing process can take longer than expected. Anyone involved in an auto accident should seek medical attention as the symptoms of whiplash injuries can take up to 12 hours to develop. Neck pain and stiffness is often worse the day after the accident and can continue to worsen days after the accident.

Whiplash injuries that last for more than six months may be referred to as chronic whiplash. Those suffering from chronic whiplash may be prescribed stronger painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to decrease pain and reduce inflammation.

If you have suffered from whiplash or other serious injuries after a motor vehicle accident, contact the experienced car accident injury lawyers at Greg Monforton & Partners. We can help you determine your legal options.

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