I was in an Car Accident, do I have Whiplash?

personal injury doctorWhat is Whiplash?

According to Spine-health, whiplash is a term that describes an injury to the neck that happens as a result of an auto accident. The most common auto accidents that cause whiplash are rear impact accidents. When a vehicle “rear-ends” (hits from behind) another vehicle. Over one million whiplash injuries occur from car accidents every single year. Your personal injury doctor might refer to whiplash as neck sprain or neck strain.

What Causes Whiplash to Occur?

More often than not, whiplash occurs when an individual’s body experiences a sudden acceleration or deceleration causing quick side to side or forward to back movement. The abrupt jerking motion of the head can apply a tremendous amount of stress on an individual’s neck. The added stress typically results in some level of injury.

How serious is whiplash from car accidents?

Most personal injury doctors would tell you that whiplash is generally not a lift threatening injury. Some individuals who were in a car accident and suffered injury may have any symptoms resolve on their own. The majority of accident victims who don’t pursue treatment from a personal injury doctor could suffer from the symptoms of whiplash for many years after the accident. Whiplash is a serious enough injury that you need to schedule an appointment with a personal injury doctor right away if you believe you have been injured. Even if you don’t believe you have an injury you should still schedule an exam with your local chiropractor.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Neck pain, stiffness, headaches, dizziness, back pain or should pain, numbness in your hands, trouble focusing or remembering, irritability, and fatigue are all typical symptoms of whiplash. According to WebMD Pain Management of Whiplash, it could take up to 24 hours before an individual suffering from whiplash will notice any symptoms. It is not uncommon for symptoms to show until several days after the incident has occurred.

How do I know if I have whiplash?

If you were involved in a car accident or experienced any other type of traumatic force to your upper body you should contact your local personal injury doctor. It is difficult for anyone to self-diagnose themselves and often times the diagnosis is incorrect, therefore it is crucial that you see a medical provider if you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed above.

The average recovery time for whiplash varies widely and can be very hard to predict. Many individuals start to feel better anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Sometimes the symptoms can last up to a year or more.

The personal injury doctors of Advanced Health Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Pain Relief Center in Idaho Falls use the latest techniques and tools to properly diagnose your personal injuries and will get you the treatment you need to heal. If you were in a car accident or are suffering from whiplash symptoms contact the friendly staff at Advanced Health Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Pain Relief Center in Idaho Falls to get a diagnosis and start the recovery process.

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