Whiplash is an injury that is commonly sustained in car accidents. But do you really know what it is? Whiplash is caused when the head and neck are suddenly whipped or jerked forward. This causes the vertebrae and soft tissue in the neck to become hyperextended, causing the injury that is known as whiplash. If you are experiencing upper back or neck pain after a car accident, you may be suffering from whiplash. Here are a few of the facts you should know about this medical condition.
Symptoms of Whiplash May Not Show Right Away
One of the biggest misconceptions about whiplash is that you will feel it right away. It can take hours, days or even weeks after the accident until you feel the pain associated with this condition. If you have felt fine in the days following the accident, and then you begin to feel pain, do not dismiss or ignore it. It could be whiplash.
It Does Not Take a Lot of Force to Get Whiplash
Another fact that you should know about whiplash is that it does not take a lot of force to sustain a whiplash injury. The car can be traveling as slowly as five to ten miles per hour. What is more important than the force or speed is how much your body jerked forward. If your back and neck were forced forward, you could get whiplash. As such, you should never ignore the symptoms you are experiencing or neglect going to the doctor just because you were in a low impact or low force car accident.
Aging Increases Your Risk of Whiplash
Those who are older or have previous neck injuries are more likely to suffer from whiplash after an accident than those who are younger or who do not have previous neck injuries. As you age, your muscles lose a lot of their flexibility and strength. This puts you at an increased risk for a variety of injuries, including whiplash.
The Symptoms of Whiplash Should Not Be Ignored
The last fact that you need to know about whiplash is that you shouldn’t ignore it. Once you begin to feel neck or upper back pain following a car accident, you may try to self-treat it at home with heat or ice, or you may put off going to the doctors for a variety of reasons. If you were in an accident and are displaying symptoms of whiplash, you should never put off treatment or ignore the symptoms. Whiplash needs to be treated by a professional and the sooner you seek treatment, the faster you can heal.
If you have sustained whiplash from a car accident, a personal injury attorney can help you file a personal injury lawsuit. This can help to pay for your medical expenses and any lost wages you may have suffered. Here at Titus Law, LLC, we offer free consultations. Contact us today to discuss your case and how we may be of assistance to you.