Whiplash is the term used to describe a range of injuries to the neck. It is caused by a sudden movement of the head, which damages the tendons, ligaments and muscles in the neck. Auto accidents are a common cause of whiplash injuries, particularly rear-end collisions. Even a low-speed collision can cause whiplash injuries.
In 2004, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that more than 270,000 whiplash injuries occurred annually in motor vehicle crashes. However, that figure was expected to be reduced by nearly 17,000 annually as a result of improvements to vehicle head restraints.
Common symptoms of whiplash injury
Common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck stiffness and pain
- Back pain and stiffness
- Difficulty in moving the neck
- Shoulder pain
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty in concentrating
You might not experience symptoms immediately after an accident. It often takes several hours or even weeks for symptoms to develop.
Treatment for whiplash
Painkillers are frequently used to treat whiplash. Over-the-counter painkillers may be sufficient, but you may need stronger prescription analgesic medication. You might also be prescribed a muscle relaxant. Other treatments include chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, massage, ice, heat and ultrasound.
The length of time it takes for you to recover varies according to the severity of your injury. Many people make a complete recovery within a few weeks. However, some people suffer long-term symptoms that persist for months and even years.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury from an auto accident and believe you were the victim of negligence, contact an experienced auto accident attorney in Gulfport. The attorneys at Boyce Holleman & Associates, A Professional Association, are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.