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Whiplash is one of the most common soft-tissue injuries.

It can occur after even a minor impact, and there is often a delay before symptoms appear.
It is a very real injury, however, and can be debilitating.

What Is It?

Whiplash is the result of a sudden, jolting force to the neck, causing the muscles, connective tissues, nerves, and cervical spine to rapidly extend and flex beyond their normal range of motion. Because the body works quickly to protect itself from trauma, soft-tissue damage is not always immediate.

What Causes It?

Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash, but it can also be sustained from other sudden, violent movements. Other causes include: bicycle accidents, car racing, speed skating or skiing, and contact sports where the head is vulnerable (even with protective equipment). Unexpectedly, some victims suffer whiplash after straining to lift something heavy, or even riding on a roller coaster. Of course, direct blows to the head, whether from falls or physical assault, can easily result in soft-tissue neck injuries.

What Is The Prognosis?

It may take hours, or even days, for the pain from a rapid-motion neck injury to manifest, and symptoms can last for days, or even weeks. In most cases, this is considered a minor injury, and most people fully recover. Physicians often recommend immobilizing the neck in a brace to help with healing.

However, depending on the extent of the trauma, the effects of whiplash can linger for years, affecting a victim’s daily life. Side effects can include: severe headaches, vertigo, numbness, jaw pain, sleep disorders, memory loss, tinnitus, back and shoulder pain, and in extreme cases, even osteoarthritis. This chronic whiplash may need to be treated with prescription pain medications or antidepressants, physiotherapy, or alternative practices, such as acupuncture, intramuscular stimulation (IMS) and massage therapy.

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If you have consulted a physician and have been diagnosed with whiplash, contact our team at Recovery Law Corporation. We can address your concerns about your rightful compensation and next steps.

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