Updated April 26, 2020
Whiplash is by far the most common injury following a rear-end collision. It occurs when your body moves much faster than your head in the vehicle. The head then catches up with the body in a jerking motion. It stretches and compresses the neck muscles very far, very quickly.
Whiplash typically causes severe pain the neck and other parts of the body. It can also cause headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, and fatigue. In serious cases, it can also cause a ringing in the ears, an inability to sleep well, and problems with concentration and memory.
Pain associated with whiplash may not appear until hours or even days after the crash. However, when it sets in, it can be debilitating. First, you should visit a medical professional to be sure that your injury is not something more serious than minor whiplash.
You should be especially wary if you experience any numbness or tingling in other parts of the body, including the shoulders, arms or legs, which could indicate serious nerve damage. The neck is an important part of the body, and even small injuries can have serious (and permanent) consequences.
To help the recovery process, follow your doctor’s instructions precisely. Your doctor may suggest a number of treatments, including the following:
Physical therapy may be helpful to restore motion and promote healing.
It’s important that you never try any of these treatments without first consulting your doctor—doing the wrong thing with this type of injury could cause permanent, irreversible damage.
Your doctor might clear you to return to work, school, or other daily activities before you have fully recovered. In more serious cases, your doctor may recommend an injection treatment that will help relieve your pain.
It’s also very important to visit your doctor for follow-up care.
Rear-end accidents are very difficult to prevent because you are almost never at fault when they occur. However, you can take certain steps to help prevent whiplash injuries, even if you are rear-ended:
Although whiplash is generally treatable with over-the-counter treatments, it can still be a serious injury. Speak with a medical professional for more information, and be sure to mention it in your personal injury claim or lawsuit.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of whiplash after being rear-ended or otherwise hurt in a car accident, contact an Indianapolis Auto Accident Attorney from Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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