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What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash after a Car Accident?

By Luke Dow on April 10, 2017

Whiplash is neck strain that arises as a result of rapid, back-and-forth jerking motions of the head. According to WebMD, whiplash is a common car accident injury, but symptoms may not show for a day or more after the trauma occurs.

Like most collision injuries, cases of whiplash can vary in severity. Some people may suffer from it for a matter of days or weeks while others experience debilitating pain and immobility for months or even years following the accident.

If you developed a severe case of whiplash following a crash with a negligent motorist, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Luke Dow is an injury attorney in Austin who will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.

You may be entitled to compensation for healthcare bills, lost income, and other damages. Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a free consultation.

Read on to learn about the most common symptoms of whiplash following a car accident:

  1. Neck Pain and Stiffness
According to the Mayo Clinic, neck pain and stiffness typically develop within 24 hours of the accident. These are the most common symptoms of whiplash, and they can vary in severity from one person to the next.
  1. Immobility in the Upper Back and Neck
Whiplash is not necessarily disabling; however, it can cause severe neck and upper back pain when you turn your head. As a result, you are likely to experience a kind of conscious immobility because you may not want to make any sudden or exaggerated movements. While you are recovering, it is also common to lose some range of motion in your neck.
  1. Tingling
Accident victims with whiplash often experience tingling and numbness in the arms, hands, chest, or legs. These sensations may come and go, or you might feel persistent tingling until you seek treatment.
  1. Headaches
Recurring headaches are common for individuals suffering from whiplash. The pain from whiplash headaches typically starts at the base of the skull, where most of the trauma occurred.
  1. Fatigue
Extreme fatigue is one of the early symptoms of whiplash. During the accident, your body probably released cortisol in response to the stress.

Once your muscles relaxed again, you may have experienced a dive in energy following the trauma. If you sustained whiplash, you might remain fatigued while your body focuses its energy on recovering.

If you have any of the above symptoms following a car accident, you should see your healthcare provider for a thorough exam. If left untreated, whiplash can lead to chronic pain and other complications. Treatment for whiplash includes ice or heat, pain medication, muscle relaxants, foam collars, acupuncture, chiropractic care, and physical therapy.

If you developed whiplash after a car accident and you had to miss work in order to recover, turn to an injury attorney from the Luke Dow Law Firm to discuss your options. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a free consultation with a car wreck lawyer in Austin. Visit the USAttorneys website to learn more about car accident claims in Texas.

 

 

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