What Is Whiplash?

If you have suffered whiplash, you need to understand exactly how you sustained the injury, what the symptoms are, and what you can do to speed up your recovery. We will provide all this information, helping you to better understand the question What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury that develops when the neck is stretched beyond its normal limits - something which is known as hyperextension. This can happen during any kind of traumatic event, most commonly as the result of a minor road traffic collision.

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When does Whiplash Happen?

Whiplash that is sustained during a traffic accident occurs because a sudden impact - such as another vehicle driving into the back of your own car - throws your head away from your body before being quickly whipped back again. This violent movement causes the neck to hyperextend, damaging the surrounding tissue, including the muscle, ligaments and tendons.

What Are The Symptoms of Whiplash?

When the soft-tissue in your neck and shoulders are injured in this way, a constellation of symptoms will soon develop which together make up a whiplash injury. It may take some time for these symptoms to materialise, but when they do they are likely to include the following:

  • Neck pain – for more information on whiplash neck injuries click here.
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Numbness or tingling in your shoulders and arms
  • Dizziness or giddiness
  • Back ache

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If you believe you have suffered whiplash due to a road traffic accident, you should seek medical attention. This will ensure that you do not have a more serious underlying injury, and will also guarantee that you obtain expert advice as to the best course of treatment.

However, it is probable that your doctor will suggest that you do not need any medical intervention. This is because whiplash is generally considered to be a self-limiting condition, meaning it can heal on its own.

Treatment For Whiplash

To aid your recovery, you may be advised to perform gentle neck exercises and to apply ice to reduce the inflammation. You may also want to take painkillers to alleviate your discomfort. With these steps, your whiplash should resolve within a matter of weeks. If your injury is extensive, it may take several months until you are free of symptoms.

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    How Long Does Whiplash Last?

    If you are in pain following a whiplash injury then you will want to know just how long it will last. Usually, in most cases, you should recover within six months of the incident. We look at how long it can last and take you through the recovery process in more detail here.

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    A 1stClaims solicitor gives you complete peace of mind when it comes to making a whiplash claim. If you have any remaining questions around what is whiplash then get in touch with one our expert whiplash lawyers now by calling us free on 0800 2888 693 (from a mobile click to call: 01275 774 557) or make a Quick Online Enquiry and let the whiplash claim specialists take care of you right now. Remember that our service to you is completely free of charge and without obligation.

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