Whiplash is defined as a sudden, forceful back and forth movement of the neck. The most common type of whiplash injury occurs in car accidents. When a whiplash injury occurs, the ligaments in your neck are stretched out and your muscles violently contract in order to stabilize the neck.
Most of the time, symptoms don’t appear for 24-48 hours. According to studies, 62% of people suffering from whiplash injuries will have pain. Only half of them will feel pain immediately.
People with untreated whiplash injuries may have chronic pain over long periods of time. Whiplash can cause damage to the spinal joints and discs leading to devastating changes in your everyday activities.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Online investigation is not a substitute for medical attention. It’s important to get a physical examination and treatment right away, before further injury occurs. Whiplash injury that is treated will often heal over a few weeks or months.
Car insurance provides coverage for injury treatment in most cases. Including most major medical insurances.
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