Injuries from a car accident are not always obvious immediately after a car accident. Your heart is racing after a car accident. Adrenaline and endorphin’s are pumping through your veins, which are your body’s natural pain killers and its way of coping with the stress after a car accident. With all this going on in your body, often times personal injuries incurred from the auto accident are not apparent. There are many sneaky injuries that don’t break the skin and may not be noticeable that could have a huge impact on your quality of life long term.
Whiplash is an injury caused from the severe jerk of the head when a car hits something in a motor vehicle accident. It gets its name from the forceful rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck like the cracking of a whip. When this happens most often the neck and spine suffer injury. Whiplash is often classified as a minor head injury or brain trauma that goes away on its own. Unfortunately due to the volume of complaints from those suffering from neck pain after a car accident it is commonly seen as suspicious by insurance adjusters. Don’t let this deter you. Whiplash can cause joint dysfunction and disc herniation causing long term pain and disability.
Whiplash Symptoms to Look For:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Worsening of pain with neck movement
- Loss of range of motion in neck
- Headaches often starting at the base of the skull
- Tenderness or pain in shoulder, upper back or arms
Whiplash is an injury that could cause long term disability and affect the quality of life for you or your family member depending on the severity of impact. Learn more about whiplash and treatment. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and have been in a car accident you should follow up with a doctor immediately. The medical report will be very important if you decide to file a car accident injury claim.