Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs frequently in car accidents, but it has a bad reputation for being “faked.” Many people — even people on juries — believe that wearing a neck brace and being treated for whiplash following an accident is a ploy to get more money in a car accident claim. The truth is, whiplash is a real, potentially debilitating injury. Here are 5 symptoms of whiplash you should never ignore.
1. Neck Stiffness/Reduced Mobility
If you were in a car accident and are experiencing stiffness in your neck or a reduced range of motion, it’s important to seek medical care as soon as possible. Stiffness and reduced range of motion are the primary symptoms of whiplash, especially early after the accident.
Headaches can be present with whiplash and can range from mild to severe. Typically, headaches associated with whiplash originate at the back of the skull and can last for hours, days, and sometimes even weeks.
3. Pins and Needles Sensation
Often, people who have suffered whiplash will feel a sensation of “pins and needles” or tingling in their extremities, typically the shoulders, arms, and hands since those are closer to the area of the injury. This symptom is due to the stress on the soft tissues, nerves, and spinal cord in the neck. The stress occurs when the head is whipped back and forth quickly during an accident.
Many people experience dizziness soon after a whiplash injury. Dizziness may be persistent, or be intermittent. Rarely will dizziness last a significant length of time, but may in some cases.
5. Confusion and Lack of Concentration
It is common for people suffering from a whiplash injury to be confused and lack the ability to concentrate on tasks for any significant length of time. As the injury heals, this should dissipate.
Get Help for Whiplash Symptoms Today
Like any car accident injury, whiplash requires medical treatment. Usually this is short lived, because whiplash heals on its own and treatment is largely focused on symptom management. However, in some instances, whiplash symptoms can last for months or even years. Whiplash treatment can be costly. Car accident victims may be eligible for compensation to cover those costs if the other driver is found negligent.
Contact the Law Offices of Donald J. Matson today for more information by calling (626) 792-1900.